Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tornadoes Anticipated Again This Year

The linked article from AccuWeather anticipates above normal tornadoes again this year, especially for the Southeastern United States, which was devastated by these storms last year.  How do individuals, companies, and municipalities prepare for another year of disasters caused by tornadoes and other natural disasters?  What lessons were learned from previous storms and how can we be better prepared for this season?

These questions and more will be the subject of the American Bar Association's Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Spring Meeting in Charleston, SC on May 17, 2012.  As part of TIPS year-long initiative on Disaster Preparedness and Response, TIPS has put together a significant program with national and regional leaders to discuss preparing for and responding to disasters caused by nature.  The Disaster Initiative program will take place on May 17 at the Charleston Place Hotel starting at 2:00 p.m. 

The first of two panels will discuss disasters caused by nature and will focus on the recovery efforts and lessons learned from events like the tornadoes that hit Alabama and other parts of the Southeast.  Tentatively titled "I Survived the Big One – Lessons Learned From Living Through Natural Disasters," this panel, moderated by James Myrick of Womble Carlyle, features the following prominent speakers: The Honorable Beverly E. Perdue, Governor of North Carolina (invited); The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Mayor, City of Charleston, South Carolina, and The Honorable William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor, Birmingham, Alabama.

The second panel, which starts at 3:30 p.m., will address disaster preparedness from a national perspective.  Tentatively titled "Preparing for the Worst – Is the Nation Prepared for Natural Disasters?" this panel, moderated by TIPS Disaster Task Force Chair Kathleen Strickland of Ropers Majeski, features the following important national figures:  the Honorable Bernice B. Donald, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Edward T. Collins, National Director, ProtectingAmerica.org; James R (Bob) Dailey, Ph.D, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent, Inc.; and Russ Paulsen, Executive Director, Community Preparedness and Resilience Services, American Red Cross.

On Friday, May 18, additional CLE programs on disaster preparedness continue from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  If you are involved in disaster preparedness and response, you don't want to miss these fabulous programs.  For more information about TIPS and its Disaster Initiative and to register for the TIPS Spring Meeting, click here.

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, this dire prediction has already come true with last week's tornadoes hitting across the midwest and south. Our May 17th program will be particularly timely as these very same government officials are presently dealing with a new disaster.

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