Webinar: Lessons Learned from Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy

The International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security and the School for Public Policy and Administration, Walden University cordially invite you to join us for a complimentary live webinar:

Lessons Learned from Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy

Wednesday, October 28, 2015; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern Time, US)

Two of the costliest natural disasters in American history were Hurricane Katrina, which stuck the Gulf coast on August 29, 2005, and Superstorm Sandy which severely impacted areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on October 29, 2012.  The impact of the storm highlighted vulnerabilities of key infrastructure (e.g., roads, bridges, sewage, water, energy systems) from a lack of investment, giving rise to questions regarding our preparedness as a nation for natural disasters, our mechanisms of response, and the appropriate roles for federal, state, and local governments, philanthropic organizations, and private sector entities in such events.

What you will learn:

  • Lessons learned in emergency management, risk management and governance from the disasters of Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy
  • The governance challenges in building disaster resilient communities by looking at the case of Hurricane Katrina
  • What  “natural hazards governance” means in practice
  • Lessons from Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey in volunteer "emergent" group organizing

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Dr. Beverly A. Cigler, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Penn State Harrisburg, was a NASPAA-FEMA Fellow, part of a group of academics selected to mainstream emergency management into public administration. She chaired the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Hurricane Katrina Task Force and has published widely in the area of emergency management, especially on mitigation and floods and intergovernmental relations.
  • Dr. Brian J. Gerber is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University, where he is also Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program. He research interests include public policy, disasters and hazards management. He has extensive experience in applied work with public and nonprofit sector organizations on such issues, and is currently working on several projects related to natural hazards governance and the key role of U.S. local government administrators in developing climate change adaptations strategies.
  • Dr. Terry O’Sullivan is Director of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) Program at the University of Akron. From 2004-2008 he was a research associate at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), at the University of Southern California – the first Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.


  • Dr. Linda Kiltz is the Program Director for the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership programs at Walden University.  Dr. Kiltz serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Preparedness, Resilience and Security and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.

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    July 23, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON— This tragedy demonstrates the brutality of the network of which I often speak. These smugglers have no regard for human life and seek only profits. The Department of Homeland Security and its partners in the U.S., Mexico and Central America will continue to root out these smugglers, bring them to justice and dismantle their networks.

    The dedicated men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement not only investigate and help prosecute horrific incidents like this but they and their U.S. Customs and Border Protection colleagues work hard day and night, 365 days a year, to prevent senseless deaths and injuries like these. They put their lives on the line to rescue and save the lives of those who attempt the treacherous journey north on the network of abuse and death.

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    July 21, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON—All 180 airlines and more than 280 last-point-of-departure airports around the world have implemented the first phase of enhanced security measures as outlined in Secretary Kelly’s June 28th remarks.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has lifted the restrictions on large personal electronic devices for the ten airports/nine airlines in the Middle East and North Africa, which were announced in March. These airports and airlines have successfully implemented the first phase of enhanced security measures.

    There are currently no airlines under restrictions for large personal electronic devices. Airlines worldwide have implemented additional security measures that ultimately make the global aviation community more secure.

    The quick and decisive action taken by airlines, nations, and stakeholders is a testament to our shared commitment to raising the bar on global aviation security. Airlines were able to implement the necessary enhanced security measures because of the close coordination and extensive communication between aviation partners and the DHS/TSA.

    To learn more please see the fact sheet and Q&As.

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  • Release Date: 
    July 20, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly discussed his top priorities for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the Aspen Security Forum. In a discussion with NBC News’ Pete Williams, Secretary Kelly highlighted DHS efforts to confront transnational criminal organizations by reducing drug demand, raise global aviation security standards, and bolster cybersecurity.

    Key excerpts from the conversation are below and you can watch the full conversation here.


    Secretary Kelly at Aspen Security Forum


    Secretary Kelly on stamping out transnational criminal organizations by reducing drug demand:

    “…the profits that come out of that drug market are fantastic and as a result the countries to our south, Mexico and further south, suffer terribly because of the violence and the trafficking, and the production…As Americans we should be ashamed of ourselves that we have done almost nothing to get our arms around drug demand…to try to influence the lives of folks who live in places like Central America, we work very very hard to inject investment, certainly U.S. help…”

    Secretary Kelly on raising global aviation security standards:

    “We can actually use this crisis as a way to raise global aviation security …In my view globally, at least of those final points of departure…we are raising aviation security as opposed to just going after one single threat.”

    Secretary Kelly on bolstering cybersecurity:

    “…The name of the game is coordination within our government at every level… and then fantastic partnerships with the commercial tech industry…”

    Secretary Kelly on the DHS reauthorization:

    “…I truly believe that it’s time to do this. One of the things I am hoping for is that we can really start looking at the efficiencies in the department…”

    Secretary Kelly on the DHS workforce:

    “ …For 45 years I benefited from serving under men and women who are the most amazing people in our society, the 1% as we say that serve in the U.S. military…when I came to this job I was really really pleasantly surprised at all of the patriotism, all of the dedication, all of the focus on protecting the nation is not just in the U.S. military…the men and women, particularly the law enforcement organizations…are incredibly dedicated people doing incredibly dangerous things and every one of them loves their job.”