On August 24, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, dropping 27 trillion gallons of rain in a matter of days. Catastrophic flooding in and around Houston affected an estimated 13 million people, destroyed 135,000 homes, and is blamed for 82 deaths. Rebuilding estimates have reached US$180 billion, making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in US history.
The Port of Houston Authority was one of the organizations that had to respond to Hurricane Harvey, both to protect infrastructure and to support its employees. Join Colin Rizzo, Emergency Manager for the Houston Port of Authority, as he shares his first-hand experiences in dealing with the effects of a major hurricane.
Colin Rizzo is the Emergency Manager for the Port of Houston Authority, a position he has filled since its creation in January of 2012. Colin is responsible for the direction and day-to-day operations of the Emergency Management Department planning and directing emergency and disaster preparedness and response within the Port of Houston Authority. He works closely with local, state and federal partners.
Before coming to the Port of Houston Authority, Colin worked for the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management where he held many titles including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator, Homeland Security Coordinator, and Operations Coordinator. Colin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a degree in Public Administration and a minor in Geography. He is TCOLE certified police officer, TCFP certified fire inspector and arson investigator and certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). Recently the Emergency Management Association of Texas named Colin the Texas Emergency Manager of the Year for 2017.