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For everyone who helped the Coast prepare and weather Hurricane Nate, take a bow

Emergency Management Crew members meet in Harrison County on Hurricane Nate, which made landfall in South Mississippi early Sunday. Emergency management leaders in Jackson, Hancock and other counties also worked to keep everyone safe on the Coast.
Emergency Management Crew members meet in Harrison County on Hurricane Nate, which made landfall in South Mississippi early Sunday. Emergency management leaders in Jackson, Hancock and other counties also worked to keep everyone safe on the Coast.

The Coast’s hurricane response was just about perfect.

And emergency leaders, first responders and city leaders should take a bow.

The tone of the messages to the public was spot on in the days leading up the storm, when Nate was projected to be a tropical storm or minimal hurricane. And the message intensified properly on Saturday morning when some projections said Nate would come ashore as a Category 2 storm.

Meanwhile, tourism officials took prudent steps to end Cruisin’ The Coast early, condense the Gulfport Music Festival and close the Coast casinos in plenty of time for people to get to safety.

Emergency officials had some worries of “hurricane amnesia” in South Mississippi, since it had been 12 years since Katrina ravaged the Coast. But we felt most people heeded the warnings and curfews, and then stayed away from the beach and U.S. 90 until it was safe to return.

The Sun Herald ran a headline Monday that the Coast “dodged a bullet” with Nate, and that may be true from the weather side of things, but our emergency officials, first responders and residents deserve credit, too, for taking care of business on their end to minimize the storm’s effects.

The editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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