Seven years ago Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. It was, by almost all measures, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
It devastated the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines. East Mississippi felt its effects. Power outages lasted for days for some residents.
Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry was head of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross at the time.
"I think about how proud I was of the community," said Barry. "Really a broken community coming together to help the needs of, not just to take care of the needs of the people, not just in the city of Meridian, but people who lived all over the state and in Louisiana. So I'm very proud for the way we handled Katrina."
Barry says she believes much was learned from Katrina, and this community is much better prepared now for storms than it was seven years ago.