Wharton calls on public to assist Gulf Coast evacuees

As Shelby County prepares to welcome thousands of evacuees fleeing the threat of Gustav on the Gulf Coast, local officials are making a desperate plea for the public's help.

Hurricane evacuees continue to pour into the Mid-South. While the state is prepared to take in at least 6,000 evacuees, Shelby County has already accepted over 900 mandatory evacuees from Louisiana.

Mayor A.C. Wharton says that volunteers are needed to help care for all these people. He says there's a critical need for medical and health care volunteers.

"We want to show these individuals they are welcome here...call on this entire community," said Wharton.

Public safety is also a big concern. Sheriff Mark Luttrell says there have been no major incidents or arrests so far. Additional resources will be called in if necessary.

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