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Mississippi sends hurricane relief help To Hawaii

A five person assistance team from Mississippi is headed to Hawaii to aid in disaster relief from tropical storm Iselle.   Source: WLBT A five person assistance team from Mississippi is headed to Hawaii to aid in disaster relief from tropical storm Iselle. Source: WLBT
"The experience we have from responding, we know we can think beyond the 24 hours out, we know what's coming next, cause we've been through this," said Latham.   Source: WLBT "The experience we have from responding, we know we can think beyond the 24 hours out, we know what's coming next, cause we've been through this," said Latham. Source: WLBT
A five person assistance team from Mississippi is headed to Hawaii to aid in disaster relief from tropical storm Iselle.    Source: WLBT A five person assistance team from Mississippi is headed to Hawaii to aid in disaster relief from tropical storm Iselle. Source: WLBT
"We have an average of 1.6 disasters a year, so it's gonna happen," said Latham.    Source: WLBT "We have an average of 1.6 disasters a year, so it's gonna happen," said Latham. Source: WLBT
PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

From Hurricane Katrina, to the April tornadoes that devastated Louisville, Mississippi has seen its share of disasters.

Friday, MEMA officials met with local media, talking about disaster preparedness, and how they are now assisting Hawaii in their recovery from Hurricane Iselle.

A five person assistance team from Mississippi is headed to Hawaii to aid in disaster relief from tropical storm Iselle. Four MEMA staffers and one member of the Mississippi Army National Guard will provide their expertise in hurricane recovery on the Big Island.

"Because of our experience, the number of disasters we've had, we have people that are really qualified that can hit the ground without a learning curve and start doing good things," said MEMA Director Robert Latham. "I think the state has a good reputation around the nation as good experienced trained people in disasters and they know they can call Mississippi."

During their media day, MEMA Director Robert Latham said since FEMA's creation, Mississippi has dealt with more disasters than any other state.

"The experience we have from responding, we know we can think beyond the 24 hours out, we know what's coming next, cause we've been through this," said Latham. "While every disaster is different, there are a lot of similar things, structure of how they evolve."

Recently Emergency Management officials from Hawaii toured MEMA's Pearl headquarters, seeing their Emergency Operations Center where disaster relief's are coordinated, and their stockpile of supplies.

Latham says being ready is the first step to saving lives.

"We have an average of 1.6 disasters a year, so it's gonna happen," said Latham. "How do we change the outcome and I think the way we do that is we start getting our public, citizens, families better prepared."

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