The Hurricane Harvey Response: Coast Guard and Geographic Perspectives

Type: Panel
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 11:50 AM / 1:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: John Wertman
Chairs: John Wertman


Description: Hurricane Harvey was the costliest tropical cyclone on record, and flooded much of the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding regions in late August 2017. The storm displaced tens of thousands of people, shuttered and destroyed businesses, and caused over 100 fatalities in the United States. In the Hurricane’s immediate aftermath, first responders worked hand in hand with average citizens to help those in need.

This session will feature keynote remarks from Captain Andrew Sugimoto, Chief of Staff at the New Orleans-based 8th Coast Guard District, about the service’s response to Hurricane Harvey. Over 2,000 Coast Guard members were involved in 11,022 human rescues, and altogether it was one of the largest response efforts in Coast Guard history.

Former AAG President Susan Cutter of the University of South Carolina and Ron Hagelman of Texas State University, who has been studying Harvey’s aftermath on the ground in Texas, will serve as discussants and provide insights informed by their research and expertise. The session will be introduced by John Wertman, the AAG’s Senior Program Manager for Government Relations.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction John Wertman American Association of Geographers 10
Panelist Andrew Sugimoto U.S. Coast Guard 20
Discussant Susan Cutter University of South Carolina 20
Discussant Ronald Hagelman III Texas State University 20

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