Port of Gulfport better prepared for storms since Katrina

The Port of Gulfport is better prepared for future hurricanes. That's according to the port's Executive Director Jonathan Daniels. On the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina he said, "We now know what we learned from that point is we did not get the material off site. We have off site storage areas."

Daniels added they now have a full hurricane evacuation plan in place. He said the current hurricane plan calls for various actions depending on the proximity and threat of any storm. He said he is confident that cargo, equipment and personnel can be evacuated from port property in a timely manner.

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina tore through port warehouses, toppled structures and tossed cargo trucks around. Damage to the port was devastating and the mess was spread across Highway 90 and into nearby neighborhoods. West Gulfport streets were littered with frozen chickens, cargo containers and remnants of warehouse facilities.

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