Colonel Knight talks with troopers who have volunteered
to help the people of Mississippi following the disaster
of Hurricane Katrina.
It did not take the command staff of the Florida Highway Patrol long to decide to reach out and help the victims of hurricane ravaged Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina sent a haunting reminder about the power of nature--something those of us in Florida know all too well. Under the direction of Colonel Chris Knight, 101 State Troopers were activated and dispatched to the FHP Academy in Tallahassee to receive necessary supplies and last minute directions and guidance for their new mission. The troopers, most of whom volunteered last year with Hurricanes Charley, Jeanne, Ivan, and Francis, were eager to travel to Mississippi to support local law enforcement and assist the communities affected by the storm.
Troopers gather supplies for their mission to Mississippi.
Upon arrival in Mississippi, our troopers found that their only means of communication was via their laptop computers in their patrol cars. Messages from the Mississippi Gulf Coast painted a horrific picture of damage and destruction experienced by this part of the nation. Our troopers were a welcome site for local law enforcement officers who looked to FHP to provide guidance based on our experience with past storms in Florida. The men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol are committed to assisting the people of Mississippi while they rebuild their communities and their lives.