South Mississippi leaders pass along lessons from Katrina on East Coast

Experience is the best teacher. It is a concept Bay St. Louis native Kathleen Koch supported even before Hurricane Sandy crippled towns along the Eastern Seaboard in the fall. After the superstorm, Koch became its champion.

The former CNN correspondent has reported on and written about South Mississippi’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina, including in her book “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered.”

Kock said she knew what the leadership of the newly wrecked towns were facing and she reached out.

She began connecting mayors of some of the most-devastated Atlantic towns with Coast officials who had been in office during Katrina.

Sun Herald