National Hurricane Conference to Hold 2010 Meeting in Orlando

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Highlights include more than 100 workshops, trainings and rap sessions about: lessons learned from hurricane strikes; state-of-the-art programs worthy of emulation; new ideas being tested or considered and new or ongoing assistance programs; the ABC's of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation and more

The National Hurricane Conference (NHC) will hold its 2010 conference at the Hilton Orlando, March 29-April 2, 2010.

Highlights include:

Opening General Session, Wednesday, March 31, featuring

  •     National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read and former Director Max Mayfield
  •     David Halstead, Interim Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
  •     Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA
  •     Lt. General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Chief of Engineers, USACE
  •     Forrest Masters, University of Florida, who will discuss the new Digital Hurricane Consortium

More than 100 workshops, trainings and rap sessions about:

  •     Lessons learned from hurricane strikes
  •     State-of-the-art programs worthy of emulation
  •     New ideas being tested or considered and new or ongoing assistance programs
  •     The ABC's of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation

Closing General Session, Friday, April 2, featuring

  •     Panel discussion about accurate hurricane forecasting versus better hurricane risk identification, featuring Bill Read and Brock Long, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
  •     Panel discussion by former FEMA directors, including: David Paulison, Michael Brown, Joe Allbaugh, James Lee Witt (invited)

The 2010 NHC will also hold its Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 1, to honor individuals and organizations for efforts in hurricane preparedness, response and recovery.

The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. For more than 20 years, the conference has served as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management.

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