Thursday, the Hurricane Preparedness Summit wrapped up in Biloxi and relief leaders say they're more prepared than ever for an emergency. Representatives from F.E.M.A., M.E.M.A., the Department of Health, the National Weather Service, and the three coastal counties were all present. The three day summit was an opportunity for the different agencies to plan together for possible disasters. The emergency personnel say that communication and cooperation are the tools that will keep the Coast aware.
Robert Latham, the Director of M.E.M.A., says, “There were so many failures during Katrina. Are we better prepared? I can say yes. The government is prepared to respond to a hurricane or any event. The one piece that changes the outcome of a disaster is what people do with the information we give them.” The emergency leaders encourage the public to heed local warnings in the face of a storm.