IACP Conference Plenary Session:</br>Emergency Planning: Lessons Learned from the 2005 Hurricanes

Emergency Planning: Lessons Learned from the 2005 Hurricanes Monday, October 16, 2006 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 113th Annual IACP Conference Boston Convention and Exposition Center Disasters have broad geographic impact and cannot be mitigated by a single-agency response. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or terrorist attacks can quickly overwhelm the resources of a local department and lessons from the 2005 hurricanes can provide valuable planning direction. In August 2005, the category 4 Hurricane Katrina wreaked widespread destruction in the Gulf Coast states. This hurricane was quickly followed by the category 3 Hurricane Rita in September 2005. As of May 30, 2006, the Louisiana governor's office reported that Hurricane Katrina caused over 1,800 casualties and Hurricane Rita caused 119 deaths. There are still over 1,800 people missing from Hurricane Katrina. This session will present the lessons learned from the chiefs who experienced firsthand the preparation and planning for the hurricanes, the law enforcement action undertaken during the actual hurricanes and then the aftermath. Candid discussion of what worked and what did not work to help other law enforcement administrators benefit from these chiefs’ experiences and be better able to deal with the challenges that any type of disaster could pose to their jurisdictions. Introduction:
  • Mary Ann Viverette, IACP President and Chief of Police, Gaithersburg Police Department, Maryland Moderator:
  • R. David Paulison, Under Secretary of Federal Emergency Management and Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C. Presenters:
  • Michael L. Brown, Commissioner, Department of California Highway Patrol, Sacramento, California
  • Donald D. Dixon, Chief of Police, Lake Charles Police Department, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Bruce Dunagan, Chief of Police, Biloxi Police Department, Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Rick Fuentes, Colonel and Superintendent, New Jersey State Police, and Director, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Warren J. Riley, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Henry L. Whitehorn, Colonel and Superintendent, Louisiana State Police, and Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections