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Bailey prepares for the worst

"It was in place and should have dealt with Hurricane Katrina and you know the results there," he said.

Bailey said his distrust with the system might actually help him.

"I have an obligation to the people who elected me to be able to perform and utilize the system the best I possibly can, but I am skeptical. Maybe that's a good thing. If I start to see breakdown, I can fix it."

In Bailey's opinion, it would be much better if neighbors looked out for and helped each other in certain situations. He pointed to the floods in the western parts of the state last month where neighbors were sometimes more helpful than emergency officials.

Bailey said communication is a key component of incident management. People need a way to let local officials know what they need, and local officials must have a way to let state officials know what they need.

"The sooner you can do that, the sooner worried neighbors and friends know the status of their loved ones, the sooner people can get the proper care and the sooner life gets back to normal," Bailey said. ""

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