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SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alan Spears

    Mr. Spears serves as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Fort Bend County, responsible for updating emergency plans and public outreach. He has worked in state and local government for 40 years, including service as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper, Highway Patrol Sergeant, and Highway Patrol Lieutenant. 

    Alan Spears
  • Bob Rose

    Mr. Rose is the Chief Meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority. He serves as Co-President of the Central Texas chapter of the American Meteorologist Society and is a member of the Southern Climates Impacts Planning Program.

    Bob Rose
  • COL(R) Chris Sallese, PMP

    COL(R) Sallese previously served as District Engineer and Deputy District Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. He is currently serving as Project Manager for the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District's Storm Surge Suppression Study.

    COL(R) Chris Sallese, PMP
  • Jeff Wiley

    Mr. Wiley is the President of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, which is focused on bringing quality growth to Fort Bend County.

    Jeff Wiley
  • Jeffrey T. Janecek, P.E.

    Mr. Janecek works for the Fort Bend County Drainage District. He is responsible for construction plan reviews, levee inspections, managing channel improvements, and responding to drainage issues and concerns of residents.

    Jeffrey T. Janecek, P.E.
  • Karin Jacoby, P.E., Esq.

    Karin is a water resources attorney and engineer.  She represented local interests on the National Committee on Levee Safety, and also served on the National Academy of Sciences Levee Committee.

    Karin Jacoby, P.E., Esq.
  • Pete Olson

    Mr. Olson is a US Congressman representing the 22nd District of Texas. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

    Pete Olson

Topics

Development Updates in Fort Bend County

Jeff Wiley will discuss development updates in Fort Bend County and the importance of flood mitigation to economic prosperity for the County.

Jeff Wiley will discuss development updates in Fort Bend County and the importance of flood mitigation to economic prosperity for the County.

Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD):  The Upper Texas Coast Storm Surge Suppression Study

COL(R) Chris Sallese will discuss the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s Storm Surge Suppression Study and the need for coastal protection.

COL(R) Chris Sallese will discuss the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s Storm Surge Suppression Study and the need for coastal protection.

Historical Weather Patterns in Our Area and Future Prospects

Bob Rose will highlight some of the big weather events over the past couple of years and will discuss a look ahead for 2017.  With the development of El Nino in early 2015, several heavy rain events have affected the Fort Bend County area.  El Nino dissipated in the summer of 2016 but forecasts indicate it may return this fall.  Might this El Nino bring more wild weather?

Levees and a Flood of Policy Changes

For more than a decade, since the 2005 hurricane season, there have been a wave of policy changes at the Federal level with implications for local flood protection. While some helped raise risk awareness, others hampered flood risk reduction. Karin Jacoby will discuss the challenges being faced by local levee owner-operators and the push back against Federal overreach into traditional State and local roles, such as, land use and floodplain / flood risk management. Also, with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) set to expire on September 30th of this year, conversations have started on, as well as off, the Hill. You’ll get an update on themes for Flood Insurance Reform, and hear what might be expected in the coming months.

For more than a decade, since the 2005 hurricane season, there have been a wave of policy changes at the Federal level with implications for local flood protection. While some helped raise risk awareness, others hampered flood risk reduction. Karin Jacoby will discuss the challenges being faced by local levee owner-operators and the push back against Federal overreach into traditional State and local roles, such as, land use and floodplain / flood risk management. Also, with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) set to expire on September 30th of this year, conversations have started on, as well as off, the Hill. You’ll get an update on themes for Flood Insurance Reform, and hear what might be expected in the coming months.

LID Emergency Management - Past, Present and Future

Mr. Alan Spears will discuss recent flooding events, how it empacted Fort Bend County, what went right/wrong, and what can be improved. He will also discuss plans for future cooperation between the LIDs and Fort Bend OEM, as well as establishment of a LID Readiness Program.

Mr. Alan Spears will discuss recent flooding events, how it empacted Fort Bend County, what went right/wrong, and what can be improved. He will also discuss plans for future cooperation between the LIDs and Fort Bend OEM, as well as establishment of a LID Readiness Program.

Overview of Recent Fort Bend County Brazos River Floods

Over the last two years Fort Bend County has seen the Brazos River rise to major flood level during three separate events. During this presentation, Jeff Janecek will give an overview on how these events compare to other historical Fort Bend County Brazos River flood events and summarize the impacts that were seen through the County.

Over the last two years Fort Bend County has seen the Brazos River rise to major flood level during three separate events. During this presentation, Jeff Janecek will give an overview on how these events compare to other historical Fort Bend County Brazos River flood events and summarize the impacts that were seen through the County.

The First 90 Days of The New Administration

Pete Olson will discuss the first 90 days of the new administration.

Pete Olson will discuss the first 90 days of the new administration.

The Public Information Flood

During the response to the April and May flooding in Fort Bend County, the County deployed some innovative tactics to help meet Emergency Public Information demands. Ranging from using volunteers in the Joint Information Center, and the Joint Information Center concept itself, to the use or disaster robotics and social media; we have some lessons learned to share with the group! Lach Mullen with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management will discuss drones, private social networks, information gathering and rumor control, working with the media, and the public's perception of the response throughout the event.

During the response to the April and May flooding in Fort Bend County, the County deployed some innovative tactics to help meet Emergency Public Information demands. Ranging from using volunteers in the Joint Information Center, and the Joint Information Center concept itself, to the use or disaster robotics and social media; we have some lessons learned to share with the group! Lach Mullen with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management will discuss drones, private social networks, information gathering and rumor control, working with the media, and the public's perception of the response throughout the event.



Schedule

  • 8:00
    -
    9:40

    Early Morning Speakers

  • 9:40
    -
    10:05

    Morning Break

  • 10:05
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    12:00

    Mid-morning speakers

  • 12:00
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    1:30

    Lunch

  • 1:30
    -
    4:00

    Afternoon speakers