Hurricane Conference To Be Held Aug. 7State, Local Leaders to Discuss Storm Preparedness, Recovery

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July 16, 2009-Houston-
The Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology will host a public, daylong conference next month at the University of Houston to address storm preparedness, loss mitigation, rapid recovery and lessons learned. The conference is slated for Aug. 7 at the UH Hilton Hotel and Convention Center.

Members of the community and industry and emergency managers are invited to attend.

"Leaders from the state and counties and cities along the Texas coastline will discuss the  latest preparations in place in their locations and how to network with emergency managers, engineers, consultants and researchers," said C. "Vipu" Vipulanandan, professor at the Cullen College of Engineering's department of civil and environmental engineering, which is co-sponsoring the event.

Four panel discussions will cover insurance, transportation, power grids and utilities, and rapid recovery and debris management. Exhibitors from Texas universities and companies will present research findings, new technologies and other relevant materials throughout the day.

Vipulanandan said the findings of a Hurricane Ike survey conducted by the hurricane center, which includes evacuation statistics and assessments of property damage and preparedness, will be presented.

Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants, so organizers encourage early registration, which is discounted at $100, by July 30. Regular registration will be offered at the door for $115. Student registration will cost $50. The cost covers admission, lunch, coffee breaks and free hotel parking.

Conference attendees can earn up to five professional development hours.

For hotel reservations, call 713-741-2447 and ask for the Texas Hurricane Conference rate.  For more information or to reserve exhibition spaces call Vipulanandan at 713-743-4278.

For more information about the Texas Hurricane Center, visit

WHO: Speakers include Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Nueces County Judge Samuel L. Neal Jr.; Jack Colley, of the Governor's Division of Emergency Management; Jack Steele, executive director of the Houston-Galveston Area Council; Galveston County Judge Jim Yarborough; and many others.
WHAT: The Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology's one-day public conference
WHEN: 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 7

University of Houston
Hilton University of Houston Hotel, Off Calhoun Road, Entrance 1


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