Texas A&M experts will discuss response and recovery from hurricanes and other disasters at an event entitled “Andrew and Katrina: Lessons Learned, Unlearned, and Relearned” on Thursday (Oct. 20) at the George Bush Presidential Library. Walter Gillis Peacock, director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, and J. Robert “Bob” McKee, director of Emergency Response and Rescue for The Texas Engineering Extension Service, will address issues related to preparation, response, and recovery in the face of large-scale disasters.
The event, sponsored by the Texas A&M Integrative Center for Homeland Security, the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, and the TEEX National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, will be held in the George Bush Presidential Library Orientation Theater at 7 p.m. with a reception preceding at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
David McIntyre, director of the Texas A&M Integrative Center for Homeland Security, says the conversation is both timely and essential. “With two ‘storms of the century’ in one month and another hurricane forming in the Gulf, we certainly should be paying attention to lessons from the past,” McIntyre said.
Peacock is co-author of the book, Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Sociology of Disaster. He is a professor in the Texas A&M Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and a senior faculty member in the Sustainable Coastal Margins Program. Peacock is a researcher in the area of natural hazards and human systems response and widely considered one of the foremost experts on Hurricane Andrew.
McKee’s state and federal deployments include Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the World Trade Center collapse, the Salt Lake City Olympics, and the Shuttle Columbia disaster. McKee heads Texas Task Force One, one of 28 FEMA national urban search and rescue teams and the only statewide team under the Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management. He is also a point of arrival/mobilization specialist for the FEMA Incident Support Team.