LPB is partnering with Mississippi Public Broadcasting for an in-depth look at how procedures, policies and planning for hurricanes have changed in the last four years. In that time, three of the ten costliest hurricanes on record -- Katrina, Rita and Gustav -- struck Louisiana. Katrina made a second landfall in Mississippi, leaving behind unprecedented havoc and a harsh education in the discipline of disaster. What did these events teach us about coping with catastrophe?
LPB President Beth Courtney hosts the Louisiana segment of the program and LSU Media Professor Craig Freeman moderates the Mississippi discussion.
Louisiana panelists include:
- retired Lt. General Russel Honore’,
- Mark Cooper, Director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness;
- Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden
- Gerri Hobdy, director of partnership relations at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and
- Tony Russell, FEMA Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office Director.
Mississippi panelists include:
- Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Mike Womack,
- Hancock Country Chancery Clerk Tim Kellar,
- Mississippi State Senator Debbie Dawkins and
- Bob Fenton from FEMA.
- Karen Rowley, Ph.D., Special Projects Manager, Public Affairs Research Council, Louisiana
- Ashley Edwards, Policy Analyst to the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Renewal, Mississippi
Read full biographies here.
Aired Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 7 PM
Chat was at 8 PM
The program was simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and air on Thursday, August 27 at 7PM on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge.
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This program is underwritten by a Local Service Initiative Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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