M.E.M.A. Director, Robert Latham, Statement on 9th Anniv. of Katrina
“Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that resulted in the death of 232 Mississippians and billions of dollars of damage to businesses, homes, and infrastructure. Since that day, billions of federal, state, and private dollars have been invested in rebuilding our communities. Thousands of volunteers from every state in the nation have donated their time and resources to help Mississippians recover. The friendships forged during the days, weeks, months and even years since Hurricane Katrina connect us to a time in history that lasts a lifetime. The moral debt we owe can never be repaid in full. Even though our recovery continues, the progress can be seen all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as we rebuild smarter and stronger.
On this anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and as we approach the peak of hurricane season, I challenge every citizen to develop a hurricane plan and talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about your plan. If local officials recommend or order an evacuation, secure your home and leave early, do not hesitate. Have a communication plan and disaster supply kit that you can take with you. Even though government at every level is better prepared to respond when disaster strikes a community, it is the actions that citizens take to protect themselves that will save their lives. There is no reason that we should ever lose a life during a hurricane.”
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