East Mississippi's Regional Response Team met Thursday at the Lauderdale County Training Facility.
The 9-county group is part of a statewide task force that trains to be ready to respond to various disasters. It meets at least once per quarter.
Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency director David Sharp is the current team leader.
"You need to know the people that you're going to be working with out there when something goes wrong," said Sharp. "And you need to know how these people are going to work. You know, what kind of training they're doing, what kind of equipment they've got to bring to the table. And they need to know the same about us."
The regional response team is made up of Lauderdale, Newton, Leake, Scott, Neshoba, Kemper, Smith, Jasper and Clarke counties.