Emergency managers test hurricane plans

Emergency managers on the Mississippi coast say last week's tropical depression allowed them to do a test run on their hurricane plans.

Officials agreed Monday that while they are grateful the area did not get the downpours and wind predicted, they did get to use their post-Hurricane Katrina transportation, evacuation and shelter plans.

The deputy director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, Rupert Lacy, says the tropical depression was a very valuable experience for all the responders and the volunteer agencies.

Since Katrina, the coastal area in Jackson County has instituted a pet shelter, a special needs shelter and county transportation.