Harris Hospital has been in contact with Mayor David Stewart regarding a plan to assist with emergency boarding of Jackson County residents in the event of severe power outages.

The Office of Emergency Management will direct citizens in need of shelter to the Newport High School gymnasium and if necessary Harris Hospital will be utilized for overflow. First priority for hospital boarding of community citizens will be given to residents who require electricity for oxygen concentrators or medically necessary devices or equipment. The hospital has their emergency plan in place to provide uninterrupted medical care to patients in the inpatient setting. Disaster drills throughout the year help ensure that appropriate processes are in place for adequate staffing, supplies and treatment during period of inclement weather.