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Monday, June 28th, 2010

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hilton Austin Conference Center – outside Salon F & G – 6th Floor

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Welcoming Remarks
Bill Proenza –Regional Director, National Weather Service Southern US

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Examining the Hazards
Moderator: Steven Cooper – National Weather Service
Panelists: Troy Kimmel – University of Texas
Steve Lyons – National Weather Service
Tom Spencer – Texas Forestry Service

Analyze and understand the different natural threats to Texas including wildfires, hail, flooding and tornadoes.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Keynote Address
Bill Read – Director, National Hurricane Center

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Affordable Housing Public Polices and Building Codes
Moderator: Ryan Sherriff – Center for Housing Policy
Panelists: John Henneberger – Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Sam Nelson – Texas Department of Insurance
Randy Shackleford – Simpson Strong-Tie
Andy Teas – Houston Apartment Association
Fred Tombar – U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

Take a look at mitigation issues that affect low income residents living in affordable housing.

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team – Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ike
Paul Tertell - Mitigation Directorate, FEMA

6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Cocktails & Dinner
Hilton Austin – Salon H – 6th Floor

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

8:00am - 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
Hilton Austin – Salon H – 6th Floor

8:30am - 9:45 am
Mitigation Success Stories
Moderator: Julie Rochman – Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
Panelists: Chuck Banks – Chuck Banks Associates
Eugene (Butch) Kinerney – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Ernest Kiesling – Texas Tech University/National Storm Shelter Association

Hear about organizations making a positive impact and learn how their mitigation efforts turned into success stories.

9:45 am – 11:00 am
Mitigation at Work in the Business Community
Moderator: Diana McClure – ‘Open for Business’ Program, IBHS
Panelists: Mike Gifford – CapitalGroup/Association of Continuity Planners
Mary Ann Reid – Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Sjostrom – Galveston Economic Development Partnership

Community resilience depends on local business recovery from disasters large and small. Experts who’ve ‘been there’ will talk about the importance of effective business continuity planning and of public/private partnerships for preparedness.

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Keynote Address
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst – The State of Texas

11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Marketing Mitigation through Mass Appeal
Moderator: Leslie Chapman-Henderson – FLASH
Panelists: Jim Cowen - FloodSmart
Liam Kernell – Tribe Creative Agency
Trenise Lyons – Great Hurricane Blowout Campaign (FLASH)

Hear from successful awareness campaign managers how to make the biggest impact to the largest audience when you’re short on resources.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Focus on Texas: Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)
Moderator: Julie Drenner – The Heartland Institute, Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
Panelists: Hon. Don Brown - Former Florida State Representative
Sen. Mike Jackson – Texas Senate
Rep. John Smithee – Texas House of Representatives
Daniel Sutter – University of Texas, Pan American

Examine TWIA’s role in mitigation in Texas and the challenges it faces.

1:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Lunch Available