But on a recent morning under a cloudless blue sky, several dozen people gather to hear Charlie Conerly, the county emergency management coordinator, talk about hurricanes and how this county needs the Red Cross to help it prepare for a new season of storms.
'Were any of you ready when Katrina came?' Conerly asks the room in general. No hands go up. 'That's what I thought,' he says. 'That's why we're here.'"