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Eyes on Katrina

A South Mississippi hurricane journal

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Gulfport mayor Q&A 

City Editor Kate Magandy does a Q&A with Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr: Q: How are you and your family? A: Everyone is fine. We're in good shape. Laura and the children went to Destin, Fla. Q: And your home? (Warr was renovating a house on Beach Boulevard east of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.) A: It's not going to make it. We're going to have start over. Q: What has struck you about the damage? A: Just how widespread it it is -- it's complete devesatation. I did a flyover in a military helicopter and from Slidell to Gautier, it's all the same. It's such horrendous problems. The feds are going to have to help us. No single municipality is going to be able to handle this. Q: What has struck you the most about the reaction of residents? A: The amount of surprise. For all of us. So many times, we've filled our hurricane baskets and prepared for storms and thought we were prepared. But nothing could have prepared us for this. This one sucker-punched us and made Camille look like a thunderstorm.

It might be prudent to utilize the many military instalations throughout surrounding areas neer the disaster sites to provide temporary housing. There should be empty barracks and other usable facilities at some of these sites
This is such a hard thing. My heart and prayers goes out to everyone victimized by this hurricane. People are scared and some are thinking they are taking advantage of a bad situation, but in reality they are scared too by reacting with violence. I almost cant say that I dont understand. Unfortuantely the business owners have lost their investments as well, but people have lost their lives. With the after affects of this whole thing possibly more will. The city should have a careless about the looting issue, people are there with nothing, absolutely NOTHING. What is being looted can and will eventually be replaced. If it wasnt being taken, do you really think that these things will still be there during and after the clean up (when ever that may be)? Do you think that the food will still be able to be sold? Do you thing that the clothing would still be able to be resold at some point? I would think not. As for the looters that are just being plain rediculous...Come on now where are you gonna plug up that stereo or t.v. now? And are you gonna have a place to be comfortably to enjoy it? Being able to eat,laying your head down somewhere safe and clean, taking care of the kids, and helping others in need as well as yourself is whats important. And most importantly Pray! Pray! Pray!
Be prepared for the next hurricane map rita or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!
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