“Category 5 General” to Keynote 2013 AIHA Fall Conference in Miami


Release No. SPR-13-0730-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications​
(703) 846-0700; nracadag@aiha.org 

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.) to discuss disaster preparedness at upcoming industrial hygiene meeting

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 30, 2013) — Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and an authority on disaster preparedness, will kick off the opening session at the AIHA Fall Conference, being held September 28 – October 2 at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel in Miami, Fla. Honoré’s presentation, “The New Normal: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century,” will explore the benefits of developing a culture of readiness and response for when disasters strike.

General Honoré gained media celebrity and numerous accolades when he restored order to the city of New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, earning him the nickname of “Category 5 General.” On Aug. 31, 2005, Honoré was designated commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and became responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast. Honoré's arrival in New Orleans came after what was widely believed to be a poor performance by state and local agencies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“General Honoré’s 37 years of active service with the US Army and his experience in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast have made him a leading expert in the field,” said AIHA President Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP. “His bold, insightful strategies and leadership lessons will be a valuable addition to the AIHA Fall Conference program.”

Sponsored by the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the 2013 AIHA Fall Conference will feature several dynamic educational tracks such as exposure risk assessment and management, environmental sustainability and emergency response. More details about the conference, including registration information and the complete meeting program, are available on the Fall Conference website​.

(AP Photo/Rob Carr)​

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