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Credit: City of Gainesville

Teresa Scott
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Credit: City of Overland Park, Kansas

What would you do?

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf states, PW leaders took a hard look at their own operations, wondering what would happen if a similar catastrophe befell their communities. In How Would Your Agency Respond to an Event like Katrina? (Monday, Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.), Gainesville, Fla., public works director Teresa A. Scott—along with co-presenter and director of plan management with the New York City Office of Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Marrocolo—will share the steps required to prepare for emergencies, specific response roles, and the relationships a city should build with other emergency responders.

More education

Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

Disaster Pre-Planning—Emergency Contracting

A collection of public agencies, consultants, and contractors will outline tactics for planning post-disaster design and construction services ahead of time, so that recovery efforts are as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.

Disaster Debris Management: The Cold Face of Disaster

Following a real-life winter storm as an example, work your way through the steps required in a successful response—from directing field staff, to interacting with local bureaucracies, to dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Technical tourOverland Park's New Command and Control Center

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m., $25

The city's new state-of-the-art center provides a permanent home to its emergency operation center and coordinates emergency response resources. A boxed lunch is included.