August 1, 2008

BRIEF: Warr Shaken By Earthquake

By Ryan LaFontaine, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Aug. 1--A good performance by Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr can really shake things up.

Warr was in Los Angeles County this week giving a presentation to California officials on how best to respond to a disaster when all hell broke loose.

"I literally just finished with the last sentence of the speech and the ground started shaking," Warr said. "Everyone in the room knew exactly what to do, except for me -- the guy giving the presentation on disaster response."

The strongest earthquake to rattle a populated area of Southern California in more than a decade was felt Tuesday from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The 5.4-magnitude temblor was centered in San Bernardino County, which came to Gulfport's rescue in 2005, sending money and manpower to the Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Since then, Warr has made several trips west to visit local leaders in California to discuss disaster response and to tell his city's Katrina story.


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