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Shoring Up the Cycle: Emergency Management Lessons From Hurricane Harvey

The Conference Board of Canada, October 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT
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The Conference Board of Canada recently hosted an executive study tour in Houston, Texas. Over the course of three days, participants heard from senior officials from various levels of government, emergency managers, community leaders, critical infrastructure operators, and volunteers on: how Houston and the surrounding area was impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the successes and challenges faced during the response and recovery, the lessons learned, and the changes that have been implemented as a result of the disaster.

The Conference Board has hosted study tours and produced research reports on other hurricanes, including Sandy and Katrina; however, the learnings from each storm are different. Emergency management stakeholders can use these learnings to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the emergency management cycle and reduce the costs of future disasters.

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In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas and ravaged the City of Houston and surrounding areas. Some areas received more than 60 inches of rain and experienced significant flooding as waterways and reservoirs were overwhelmed. The damages are estimated at US $125 billion, making it the second costliest natural disaster in the United States.
During this webinar, Darren Gresch will discuss:

  • how the Houston and various stakeholders responded to Hurricane Harvey;
  • important elements of the emergency management cycle (i.e., preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation) as they relate to Hurricane Harvey;
  • the key takeaways identified during the study tour for Canada.

About Darren

PhotoDarren Gresch joined the Conference Board of Canada’s Innovation and Technology team in January 2017. He has worked on projects in a variety of innovation-related research areas, including procurement, direct funding programs, performance benchmarking, and the role of Canadian CIOs. He has also worked on projects related to community wellbeing, national security, and value-based health care.

Darren is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (MA) and Queen's University (BA, Economics). He has a strong interest in emerging technologies and their policy implications, and is happy to apply his quantitative and qualitative research skills to address these issues.

Previously, Darren spent time as an economist at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; an investment officer at Global Affairs Canada; and a research assistant at the University of Ottawa.

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