TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit

Join Us for Part I

Part I of the Natural Hazards Summit will take place virtually on October 19, 2021, via Zoom.

The TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts will highlight the influence of natural hazards on the economy and well-being of communities in Texas. The summit will convene government officials, research leaders and insurance industry representatives to take 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 will consist of two parts, one day each:

  • Part I will take place virtually on October 19, 2021, via Zoom. The session is presented by the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute (HuRRI) at the University of Houston.
  • Part II will take place on May 16, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. The session, presented by the National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University, will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center (601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409).

Featured Speakers

Robert Bullard

Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Urban Planning and Environmental Policy

Texas Southern University

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law

Department of Political Science

Texas Tech University

Tanya Hoover

Chief Tonya Hoover

Acting Fire Administrator

United States Fire Administration

Peter Hotez

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Howard Kunreuther

Howard Kunreuther, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania

Julie Shiyou-Woodard

Julie Shiyou-Woodard

President and CEO

Smart Home America

Program Committee

Summit Co-Chairs:

Hanadi Rifai

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

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
  • Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
  • Danny Reible, Ph.D., P.E. (NAE), Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • Josh Roberts, Assistant Chief for Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Region 1
  • Chandra Womack, P.E., Texas Windstorm Insurance Association; Aran & Franklin


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