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Ghosts of Katrina Conference to Examine Community Preparation, Resilience PDF Print E-mail
Monday, May 18, 2009
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund - 228.865.4573   


This summer, disaster resilience scholars from around the world will travel to The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to discuss how communities can better prepare for disasters and recover more quickly.

The Ghosts of Katrina conference, set for June 5-6, will examine the lessons learned through disaster events like Hurricane Katrina and what steps should be taken to enhance community resilience.
 
"Four years after Hurricane Katrina, this conference will provide an opportunity to both examine lessons learned from Katrina and explore how we can apply those lessons to be better prepared for future disasters," said Southern Miss Gulf Coast Academic Dean Tom Lansford.
 
The conference is sponsored by Southern Miss Gulf Coast and the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI). The mission statement of CARRI is "to help develop and then share critical paths that any community or region may take to strengthen its ability to prepare for, respond to and rapidly recover from significant man-made or natural disasters with minimal downtime to basic community, government and business services."

Southern Miss Gulf Coast and CARRI have worked closely together over the past 18 months to research and advocate resilience planning in the rebuilding process on the Mississippi Gulf Coast..
 
The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Advanced Education Center on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. For more information, contact Jack Covarrubias at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast .

 
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