Scholars talk resilience at USM - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Scholars talk resilience at USM

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -  It's called the Ghost of Katrina Conference, a two-day event bringing world of academia and the community together to build more resilient communities.

"The folks on the ground keeps us academics honest," said Jack Covarrubias, University of Southern Mississippi political science instructor. "It's very easy to enter the ivory tower, and say we should just do this. Then you present the idea to Gulfport Fire Chief Pat Sullivan who says 'That's great but not really practical.'"

Local leaders and emergency responders met with academics in a panel-style session to discuss strategies and solutions. USM has collaborated with the Community and Regional Resilience Institute, also known as CARRI, to help communities better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

"What we're trying to do is learn, so we can take the lesson you've learned in South Mississippi and help transmit them to the rest of the nation. We want people across the nation to be as resilient as the people on the Gulf Coast," says Warren Edwards of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"The most remarkable thing I've come across is how quickly we forget, how quickly we abandon those lessons learned," says Craig Colten of Louisiana State University.  

For the past two years, researchers with CARRI have worked to help communities apply those lessons. While there's still much to do, researchers like Edwards say there's one encouraging observation they've made during their time here.

Edwards says, "The citizens and the organizations of the Gulf Coast are tremendously resilient."  

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has provided grants for the CARRI research project.

©2009 WLOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Pascagoula Mayor says DOD or Congress should include funding for city when awarding contracts

    Pascagoula Mayor says DOD or Congress should include funding for city when awarding contracts

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:50:46 GMT
    The sign heading in to Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)The sign heading in to Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell is in our nation's capital this week meeting with department heads. He said he thinks the Department of Defense or Congress should foot the bill for Pascagoula's aging infrastructure and some public departments.

    More >>

    Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell is in our nation's capital this week meeting with department heads. He said he thinks the Department of Defense or Congress should foot the bill for Pascagoula's aging infrastructure and some public departments.

    More >>
  • Man killed in Pearl River County car crash

    Man killed in Pearl River County car crash

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:49:13 GMT
    Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Moundville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Moundville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)
    Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Mandeville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Mandeville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)
    A man was pronounced dead after a single car accident in Pearl River County.  On April 19, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash on I-59 around 7:30 p.m.  The victim was identified as a 71-year-old male from Moundville, AL. He was reportedly traveling north on I-59 in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Officials say the Toyota went off of the right side of the road, overturned and collided with trees. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the ...More >>
    A man was pronounced dead after a single car accident in Pearl River County.  On April 19, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash on I-59 around 7:30 p.m.  The victim was identified as a 71-year-old male from Moundville, AL. He was reportedly traveling north on I-59 in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Officials say the Toyota went off of the right side of the road, overturned and collided with trees. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the ...More >>
  • Lemoyne Plaza businesses back up and running after tornado

    Lemoyne Plaza businesses back up and running after tornado

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:08:30 GMT
    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are happening from those who suffered damage. 

    More >>

    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are happening from those who suffered damage. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly