The TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts highlighted the influence of natural hazards on the economy and well-being of communities in Texas. The summit convened government officials, research leaders and insurance industry representatives, who took a hard look at what the state needs to know and do to prepare for future natural disasters, unprecedented weather events and global pandemics, including response, recovery and mitigation of the impacts.
The summit consisted of two parts:
- Part II took place on May 16, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. The session, presented by the National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University, took place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center (601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409).
- Part I took place virtually on October 19, 2021, via Zoom. The session was presented by the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute (HuRRI) at the University of Houston. View the slides and watch the videos.
Kelvin Droegemeier, Ph.D.
Regents’ Professor of Meteorology
University of Oklahoma
Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Ph.D.
Linbeck Chair and Associate Professor
College of Engineering & Keough School of Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame
Jamie Brown Kruse, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
Hanadi Rifai, Ph.D., P.E.
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Houston
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[Natural hazards] are costly in terms of human lives and quality of life and health, and we need to come up with a better paradigm for how we address them.
Kishor Mehta, Ph.D., P.E. (NAE)
P. W. Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
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The summit is designed to publicize the impacts of natural hazards and to seek solutions and policy changes to reduce suffering of people… People will understand that significant technological advancements in the past few decades have been made.
Program Committee Members:
- Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
- Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
- Danny Reible, Ph.D., P.E. (NAE), Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University
- Chandra Franklin Womack, P.E., Texas Windstorm Insurance Association; Aran & Franklin