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It’s the Season: UH Engineer Hosts Conference on Hurricane Preparation and Recovery

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Laurie Fickman
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast. Photo courtesy of NASA.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast. Photo courtesy of NASA.
Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and affected 90,000 square miles. Photo courtesy of NASA.
Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and affected 90,000 square miles. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Whether it’s your first Houston hurricane season or you’ve weathered decades of them, you have to know one thing: The wrath of Mother Nature can be shocking each time.
That’s why the UH Cullen College of Engineering holds an annual hurricane conference. This year’s 8th annual event, Hurricanes, Major Disasters, Coastal Protection and Rapid Recovery in Texas and Gulf Coast Region, will be held Friday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UH Hilton.

City, county, state and industry leaders will be on hand to share their knowledge of current Gulf Coast preparation plans for the 2016 hurricane season and other disasters.

The conference is helmed by Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan, director of the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology at UH, which co-sponsors the conference along with the departments of civil and environmental engineering and industrial engineering.

The Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology is a testing and research facility, investigating new ways to prepare for and mitigate hurricane catastrophes.
The conference is touted as a great way to stay informed and network with emergency management stakeholders, researchers, scientists and exhibitors. Presentations and discussions will include shoring up data gathered by satellite and at sea on topics as diverse as preparedness, debris management, loss mitigation, evacuation, coastal protection, transportation issues, rapid recovery and new technologies.

For more information on this year’s conference, please visit http://hurricane.egr.uh.edu/events/thc-2016-conference
To view the 2016 Hurricane Conference agenda, please visit http://hurricane.egr.uh.edu/sites/hurricane.egr.uh.edu/files/files/2016/thc-2016-conf-brochure-6-21-16.pdf

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