The first of three Jackson County public meetings was held Wednesday night in the gymnasium of Ocean Springs Middle School.
The main topics up for discussion - flood elevation standards.
"For anyone that would want to build back to those old standards, I guess it would be up to you. To me, I would want the newest data, the most reliable data, and the best way to rebuild because I surely wouldn't want to go through this again," said FEMA representative John Broom.
And flood insurance.
"If in the future you sell your home and you wish to allow the purchaser to take over your policy, you can assign the policy to them. It has to be done at the closing," said FEMA representative Gloria Prince.
Jackson County residents had the opportunity to address these and other issues with FEMA representatives.
And this is why county supervisor John McKay decided to host an event like this, particularly for a sometimes forgotten section of the Jackson County community.
"The cities have pretty much had these types of meetings. And I brought it up to our Board of Supervisors a month ago that we haven't had any of these and we're fixing to adopt advisory flood maps. So we haven't given our rural residents or unincorporated residents an opportunity to come out to voice their opinions and ask their questions," said McKay.
This meeting was simply a way to help people make better decisions as they decide to move forward into the future of South Mississippi.
The next meeting will be held at the Escatawpa Community Center next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meeting at the St. Martin Community Center Thursday at 6:30 p.m.