Communities Experiencing Tornadoes and Their Recovery

Tue. 2:00-3:30 p.m., Interlocken A/B

The past five years have seen numerous tornado outbreaks and major tornado disasters. In 2007, a F5 tornado destroyed approximately 95 percent of the city of Greensburg, Kansas. Another F5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, in 2011, creating large-scale damage and killing over 160 people. Tornadoes also struck last year in Massachusetts, where Monson was the hardest-hit community with hundreds of homes and businesses lost. This plenary session features speakers from the three communities discussing, among other topics, how they met recovery challenges following these major disasters.

Panelist Dennis Mileti, Moderator
University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center


Panelist Gretchen Neggers, Panelist
Town of Monson, Massachusetts


PanelistAngie Besendorfer, Panelist
Joplin Schools


Panelist Bob Dixson, Panelist
City of Greensburg, Kansas


Organizers: Kristina Peterson, University of New Orleans CHART, Edward Thomas, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, and Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans