Disaster Response Lessons Learned in Texas: Hear From Texas Officials

April 4 , 2019

Hurricanes Harvey, Ike, Rita, and Dolly plus floods in 2015 and 2016, all alongside wildfires in Texas put the state on the leading edge of disaster preparedness, response and long term recovery.

Hurricane Harvey, Ike, and Rita plus floods and wildfires in Texas put the state on the leading edge of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Watch SSF and the Texas General Land Office’s Community Development and Revitalization division, and our co host, the Cadmus Group, in a discussion of what the State has learned from recent disasters to improve preparedness and long term recovery from extreme weather events. The talks will focus on operational considerations in community revitalization — infrastructure, monitoring & compliance, and specifically housing.

Panelists include

Jerry R. Rahm, the Housing Quality Assurance Manager for the Community Development and Revitalization division of the Texas General Land Office (GLO-CDR).


Martin Rivera, Jr., the Deputy Director of Monitoring & Quality Assurance for the Community Development and Revitalization division.


Cynthia Hudson is the Director of Grant Management for the Community Development and Revitalization division of the Texas General Land Office (GLO-CDR).

Cynthia Hudson, the Director of Grant Management for the Community Development and Revitalization division.


Deanne is a Cadmus principal who leads a FEMA National Incident Management Assistant Team. She was formally the Manager of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Aurora, Colorado, where she led strategic change in the city’s emergency and disaster planning..

Deanne Chriswell, a Cadmus principal who leads a FEMA National Incident Management Assistant Team moderated the session.

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