BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - During times of disaster, the top priority for first responders is saving lives, but other things need saving, too. That was the message during a special conference today held at the seafood industry museum on Point Cadet in Biloxi.
This was a first ever event hosted by the American Institute for Conservation. The theme is preserving and saving our history.
When Hurricane Katrina struck 10 and a half years ago, the coast lost much of its treasured past. This conference aims to prevent that from ever happening again.
Experts in the field say preserving that history following disasters is a way to cope with the loss that many of us face. It gives us all a sense of place.
Suggestions include prioritizing what is most important to us, and then, taking steps to save as much of that history before a disaster strikes.
First responders will play a critical role in that endeavor. That's because they usually arrive on disaster scenes before anyone else and can recognize historical artifacts that need to be saved.