April 19, 2007


Description

Over the years since even in time before this country was founded, tropical cyclones have caused more death and destruction than any known terrorist attack on our nation’s shores. 

 

Since 2001 and the attack on September11 of that year, the nation has focused so much energy and funding to protect its citizens from another attack from terrorist groups that launched those assaults that took the lives of many Americans.  Since 9/11, it had seemed that our focus on other threats to our nation’s citizens and industrial base had been blurred or at least distracted when it was needed most. 

 

Since 2001, our country has been impacted yearly by hurricanes in record numbers.  In that short time period since then, such major hurricanes as Dennis, Katrina, Ivan, Charlie, Rita, and Wilma have struck terror into our nation’s economy and our citizens.  Thousands of lives have been lost, and Hundreds of thousands of businesses have closed their doors at least temporally after those major hurricanes marched inland just as an armed force does in an invasion.  Back in 1898, then US President William McKinley established a hurricane warning network to protect against an enemy he feared more than the opposing military forces that we were at war with, the West Indian Hurricane, as they called Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic Basin back the.  Today we face those same threats that he tried to better protect the nation’s interests, and what I describe as a Tropical Terrorist.  I define it as a major hurricane, of at least 111 mph, or one that causes major impact upon more than just the local area it directly impacts, with its landfall upon or shores.  I am sure the reader of this abstract can fill in a few names of historical tropical cyclones. 

 

In my presentation, I will present an awareness that all that work and live in areas that are impacted by these true terrorists, need to grasp.  Terror has been described as a pronounced state of fear, an overwhelming sense of imminent danger. It is often characterized by a lack of knowing what to do next.  Of course, I am not talking about mere human-beings causing this type of terror, but the powerful forces of nature itself.  I feel that we can indeed mitigate much of the impact from these storms if we plan better and use the skills of our great engineers in the correct design.  This threat does need to be protected against if we are to live with this treat to our country and our nation’s citizens.  If you are reading this small abstract, then I would expect you to be in the field of engineering, and have pondered many problems in your life.  I really can’t believe that we have sent Man to the Moon, and space probes into deep space; while at the same time turned our attention away and cut valuable funding that is needed in the field of hurricane mitigation research. 

 

June 1 is the start of the official 2007 Hurricane Season, ask yourself, are we ready  for the next wave of terror from the tropics?  Are we really prepared for the Tropical Terrorist? 

 


Featured Speakers

Speaker: Lewis Fincher
Speaker Lewis Fincher
Vise President Hurricane Consulting, Inc. Co-Founder & Vice President of Hurricane Consulting, Inc. (My Wife, Meresa is President), formed in September 2002 in Friendswood, Texas after retiring from DuPont.  Retired from DuPont after 30 + Years of Service Served as DuPont’s Hurricane Preparedness Specialist and Resource for assets in the …

Vise President
Hurricane Consulting, Inc.



  • Co-Founder & Vice President of Hurricane Consulting, Inc. (My Wife, Meresa is President), formed in September 2002 in Friendswood, Texas after retiring from DuPont. 
  • Retired from DuPont after 30 + Years of Service
  • Served as DuPont’s Hurricane Preparedness Specialist and Resource for assets in the Atlantic Basin, (The Gulf Coast, Caribbean, and the Atlantic Seaboard)
  • Co-founded & Chaired the DuPont Hurricane Roundtable and it’s DuPont Coastal-Severe Weather Alert Team
  • Chaired the National Hurricane Conference’s (NHC) Private Industry Workshop Committee for the last 15 years
  • Received the NHC’s Outstanding Achievement Award for work in Industry Preparedness and Mitigation
  • Received the Dept. of Commerce’s NOAA Special Service Award for my work assisting the National Weather Service, the highest award given to a civilian for service.
  • Lone Non-Government Team Member of the NWS Hurricane Katrina Service (8 Member) Assessment Team
  • Consultant to William King, Chairperson of the Hurricane Rita Evacuation Task Force
  • Keynote Speaker and taught at the National Hurricane Conference, Texas State Hurricane Conference, and the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
  • Member of the American Meteorological Society
  • Past President & Vice President of the Houston Chapter of the American Meteorologist Society,  (The Chapter was awarded the A.M.S. National Chapter of the Year for the year I served as President)
  • Member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas
  • Member of the TX Gulf Coast Emergency Management Association
  • Member of the National Weather Association
  • Life Member and former Committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • Appointed for the 4th term to the Galveston County, TX Historical Commission as it’s Hurricane Historian
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Galveston Historical Foundation
  • Appointed as an Admiral of the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry
  • Hurricane Resource and on camera for many media outlets including:

    • The History Channel
    • PBS
    • CNN
    • ABC
    • MSNBC
    • FOX
    • Time Magazine
    • Smithsonian Magazine
    • NY Times
    • Miami Herald
    • The Weather Channel
    • The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS)
    • The Houston Chronicle
    • Galveston Daily News   


  • Family has been in Texas since 1880, but I was born in California and not considered a “True Texan by family members as I wasn’t born here (Sadly)
  • Married to my very patient Bride of 14+ Years, Meresa Joyce (MOJO) Prather Fincher (she’s President of HCI)
  • Our Home and Business is in Friendswood, TX


Full Description



Organizer

David Flores


Date and Time

Thu, April 19, 2007

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Location

Greenspoint Club

16925 North Chase
Houston, Texas 77060
US