Rice Hosts ‘Hurricane Ike: Revisited’ On Anniversary Of Landmark Storm
Rice University will host a one-day symposium titled “Hurricane Ike: Revisited” Sept. 14 featuring experts including Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discussing the lessons learned from Ike.
The date of the seminar will mark one year and a day after the landmark storm made landfall.
The day-long symposium will feature technical talks about Ike and updates on efforts by researchers from the Rice-based Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters. Speakers will include experts from Rice, the National Weather Service, the University of Houston, the Harris County Office of Emergency Management, Texas Southern University, Harris County Flood Control, the University of Texas at Austin, the Environmental Defense Fund and Texas A&M University.
The speakers will discuss programs and policies that have been put into place since Ike, the latest updates on recovery and renewal efforts from Ike and efforts to better predict the impact of future storm winds, storm surge and rainfall-induced flooding on the Houston area.
The conference follows the June award of $1.25 million to the center by Houston Endowment for a two-year evaluation of the impacts of Hurricane Ike and the steps that should be taken at the local, state and national levels to mitigate damage from future hurricanes.
The latest research findings from this ongoing and extensive project will be shared at the conference.
The meeting is open to the public. The registration cost is $50.