Jackson County Working To Improve Post-Hurricane Communication

Jackson County Civil Defense Director Butch Loper says by using money from Homeland Security, he's been able to give each city, as well as the county, a satellite phone for emergency use during the next hurricane.

He says during Katrina, many communications systems failed, but not all.

"The most dependable type of communication I found after Katrina was Ham Radio. Ham Radio didn't fail. Yes, we lost all our antennas off our roof and everything else. Those guys had new ones sitting in the closet. As soon as the wind quit blowing, they went and strung them up and they were talking all over again," Loper says.

Loper says Jackson County is looking into several ways to improve communications before the next hurricane season.