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IAEM 2018 Thursday Learning Webinar Series #2:
Increased Preparedness Working with Non-traditional Partners

Nov. 15, 2018

About the Webinar: Emergency managers often work with schools and hospitals to develop and exercise emergency action plans. However, dams and levee owners often have plans as well. Fort Bend County has integrated levee emergency action plans into their plans through a multi-departmental approach to planning, training and response. This coordination has improved preparedness of levee improvement districts throughout the county. The country is traversed by the Brazos River and has a long history of flooding. This system has been tested through multiple flood events in recent years; the county experienced three riverine floods between Memorial Day 2015 and Memorial Day 2016. The system was once again tested during Hurricane Harvey when record rainfall throughout the area caused massive flooding.
About the Speaker: Rita Anderson, MS, is an environmental scientist with Freese and Nichols, Inc. in Houston, Texas. She has a BA from Harding University and an MS from Oklahoma State University. Her planning experience includes working with cities, counties and tribes in Oklahoma; and with dam and levee owners in Texas. She previously served as the Blackwell/Kay County Oklahoma Director of Emergency Management and served as Chair of the Kay County Local Emergency Planning Committee. She was also a Vice-Chair of the Audit and Enforcement Subgroup of the Alliance for Uniform HAMAT Transportation Procedures under the U S Department of Transportation. Her experience ranges from field work, site Incident Command, HAZWOPER trainer and NEPA analysis for the US Army. Currently she is primarily tasked with working with dam and levee owners to develop and improve their emergency preparedness practices.