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Hurricane! Lessons Learned (2009)

Louisiana Public Square Special



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana, Mississippi

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-08-26

Duration: 00:57:14

Subjects: United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency | Mississippi Emergency Management Agency | Louisiana. Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness | Filmed panel discussions | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Hurricane Gustav, 2008 | Hurricane damage | Flood damage | Emergency management | Disaster response and recovery | DISASTER RELIEF | Hurricane preparedness | Hurricane recovery | RISK MANAGEMENT | Hurricane protection | Evacuation of civilians | Housing | Public shelters | Homeowners insurance | COASTAL RESTORATION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Bohling, Ryan Photographer
  • Bradfield, Scott Photographer
  • Budhraja, Manoj Photographer
  • Bufkin, Chris Photographer
  • Lanford, John Photographer
  • Broussard, Bryan Photographer
  • Budd, Sally Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Miller, Paul Director
  • Lee, Clark Director
  • Fontenot, Jodie Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Ivy, Key Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Ebbert, Terry Interviewee
  • Nichols, Kristy Interviewee
  • Rainwater, Paul Interviewee
  • Womack, Mike Interviewee
  • Longo, Tommy Interviewee
  • Skellie, Billy Interviewee
  • Lacy, Rupert Interviewee
  • Santos, Pat Interviewee
  • Flournoy, Melissa Interviewee
  • Olsen, Buz Interviewee
  • Coward, Lisa Interviewee
  • Martinelli, Cambria Speaker
  • Orgeron, Lois Speaker
  • Lawson, Reggie Speaker
  • Scales, Joel Speaker
  • Cornwall, Bill Speaker
  • Mitchell, Elijah Speaker
  • Crowell, James Speaker
  • Jayroe, Natalie Speaker
  • McCarthy, Jessica Speaker
  • McGoey, Kathy Speaker
  • Harris, Tressa Speaker
  • Griffin, Cindy Speaker
  • Norris, Jacquie Speaker
  • Barreca, Frank Speaker
  • Johnson, Kathleen Speaker
  • Delpit, Joe Speaker
  • Naquin, Marisa Speaker
  • Mohabier, William Speaker
  • Cullens, Patricia Speaker
  • Keller, Tim Panelist
  • Dawkins, Debbie Panelist
  • Womack, Mike Panelist
  • Fenton, Bob Panelist
  • Hobdy, Gerri Panelist
  • Holden, Kip Panelist
  • Cooper, Mark Panelist
  • Honore, Russel Panelist
  • Russell, Tony Panelist


This special episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 26, 2009, a co-production between Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, features a panel discussion in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, on the lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav, three of the costliest hurricanes on record. In Mississippi, the panelists are: Tim Keller, the Chancery Clerk of Hancock County; State Senator Debbie Dawkins; Mike Womack, the Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency; and Bob Fenton of FEMA. In Louisiana, the panelists are: Gerri Hobdy of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Kip Holden, the Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish; Mark Cooper, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, the leader of Joint Task Force Katrina in New Orleans; and Tony Russell of FEMA. They discussed emergency management in the areas of disaster response, recovery, planning, preparation and risk reduction, including: re-entry plans after an evacuation; improved communication systems; evacuation routes; the need for affordable housing in Mississippi; the new hurricane shelters in Mississippi and the need for more in-state shelters in Louisiana; the pre-positioning of supplies; the evacuation plans for vulnerable populations; the partnership between government agencies and non-profit organizations after a disaster; new building codes for houses; the high cost of homeowners insurance; the need for coastal restoration in Louisiana; and priorities for the future. Host: Beth CourtneyHost: Craig Freeman