Hurricanes and Infrastructure – Building Resiliency for Extreme Weather Events

Symposium A11

Abstract:

This symposia will discuss several topics important for understanding the hurricane and infrastructure nexus including the current state of knowledge about hurricane threats and
current prediction skill, how public infrastructure-planning decisions are made and what
information is required to support decision makers, best practices for educating the public and
informing public policy to increase resiliency, and risk based community resilience planning. The
intent is to have a session that is informative to weather information users (e.g., urban planners,
infrastructure designers) and information providers (e.g., researchers, National Weather Service, national laboratories, etc.) where both sides can articulate the state of the science, risk
communication issues, and information needs of stakeholders.

Speakers:
Doug Hilderbrand, National Weather Service HQ, and Chair of the AMS Board on Enterprise Communication
William M. Lapenta, Director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), NOAA, National
Weather Service
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
Scott Smith, Coastal Resiliency Manager at City of Norfolk, VA; American Public Works Association (APWA)
Norma Jean Mattei, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,University of New Orleans
(UNO) and Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers

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