Historically Speaking: Hurricanes

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Click on the cover image to read a pdf of this issue. Click on the category “Hurricanes” in the left-hand column to read our other hurricane-related articles.

Houston History published by the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative and the Center for Public History at the University  of Houston hosted a panel to explore our region’s hurricane history and, the effort to provide relief to the thousands of people displace by Hurricane Katrina.

Done as part of the Harris County Public Library’s Gulf Coast Reads (GCR) program, the panel included: author Ann Weisgarber, who discussed the research for her book “The Promise,” which was set in Galveston at the time of the 1900 Storm and this year’s GCR selection; Dr. Neil Frank, former head of the National Hurricane Center, who discussed comparisons with the 1900 Storm, Hurricane Ike, and Hurricane Katrina; former Mayor Bill White, who led Houston’s unprecedented effort to assist the 250,000 Katrina evacuees; Dr. David Persse, director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of Houston and Houston’s Public Health Authority, who discussed how the city responded to the medical needs of those who sought shelter here as well as the city’s preparedness in emergencies; and Diana Rodriguez, HFD EMS, who discussed the human side of Katrina relief in the shadows of HFD First Responders as a photographer and civilian EMT.

Click here to link to the YouTube video of this conference.

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