13 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Coast

The peak of hurricane season is right around the corner and the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is tomorrow.

It was a day that devastated the lives of many on the Gulf Coast and a day that Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy reflects on often.

Lacy says while they do everything they can to keep the community safe during times of emergency, he says the impact of Hurricane Katrina keeps them humble and forces emergency management to ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to future hurricanes and storms. “We want to think that we’re a resilient community, that we’re going to come back quick after a storm. It’s just that each storm that we see nowadays seems to be bigger, better, has more components to it which tests us to the best of our abilities. Again, still we’ve got to be ready for what Mother Nature throws at us. Just because we’re coming up on the 13th anniversary, we’ve had the 49th anniversary of Hurricane Camille, we can’t forget.”

Lacy says until November or until the Gulf of Mexico starts to cool off we should stay prepared for any sort of tropical system.

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