Businesses Can Handle Deployment Pinch

Darnell Henderson works full time as a senior training analyst at Mississippi Power Company. But when duty calls, he reports to his part time job in the army reserve's 87th Division, evaluating and training troops for battlefield survival. His unit hasn't been activated, but if that time comes, Henderson says he's ready. "I think each and every person that serves in the military owes that patriotic duty to the country and I am certainly ready to go. Certainly I don't want to leave my family behind but when they call you gotta go," Henderson says.  Mississippi Power has 18 reservists out of 1,300 employees. A company spokesperson says the impact of deployment will be small. "We would have to cover for them somehow but we do think we have the manpower and the numbers of employees that it won't be a very painful process for us fortunately," says spokesperson Kurt Brautigam.

Like the power company, Gulfport Police will have to adjust schedules for the workers left behind. The department has nearly 20 employees who are part time military. Chief Wayne Payne says, "We'll just pay some overtime and shift some people around and public safety is certainly a priority in Gulfport just as it is in our whole country and through the overtime and shifting manpower around, we'll be able to cover it."