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Tony Russell
Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Region VIII (Louisiana Panel)

Mr. Russell is currently serving as the Acting Director of FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery (LA TRO) in New Orleans. In this role, he is committed to making certain the needs of Louisiana disaster victims are met. He is also dedicated to promoting a positive work environment at the LA TRO that fosters mutual respect and support among all members of the local FEMA team.

Mr. Russell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a Federal Coordinating Officer. With over six years of FCO experience, he coordinates the Federal response and recovery support to state and local emergency management officials after a presidentially declared disaster.

He has managed various complex disasters in Washington, Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, New Mexico and Montana to name a few. Prior to assuming the position as FCO, he served in numerous emergency response and recovery positions.

Mr. Russell has over a quarter-century of experience in emergency response procedures, methodologies, seminar facilitation and course development. His audiences have included national and international responders, such as Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Russell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. He has also earned a Masters of Arts in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from National University and a Masters in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School. Mr. Russell also holds the Certified Emergency Manager designation.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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