Texas Tech University

Texas Tech, TAMEST Host Natural Hazards Summit

Glenys Young

May 9, 2022

The event will highlight the influence of natural hazards on the economy and well-being of Texas communities.


WHAT: Texas Tech University and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) will host the second part of TAMEST's “Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts.” 

WHEN:  8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday (May 16)

WHERE:  International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

EVENT:  The TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit will highlight the influence of natural hazards on the economy and well-being of communities in Texas. The summit will convene government officials, research leaders and insurance industry representatives to take a hard look at what the state needs to know and do to prepare for future natural disasters, unprecedented weather events and global pandemics, including response, recovery and mitigation of the impacts.

The summit consists of two parts. Part I took place virtually in October 2021, presented by the University of Houston's Hurricane Resilience Research Institute. View the slides and watch the videos here.

Part II is presented by Texas Tech's National Wind Institute (NWI). Speakers include: 

Kelvin Droegemeier, the Regents' Professor of Meteorology, Weathernews Chair Emeritus and Teigen Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma;
Ian M. Giammanco, the senior director for standards and data analytics and a lead research meteorologist at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center, as well as an adjunct faculty research associate at the NWI;
Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law in the Texas Tech Department of Political Science; and
Ken Rainwater, a professor in the Texas Tech Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering.

Sessions include panels on “Climate Change, Field Observations and Drought”; “National Policies of Emergency Response: Trauma, Health Facilities and Case Study”; and “Improving Resiliency of Infrastructure including Buildings to Prevent Fatalities and Mitigate Damages.” The full agenda is available here.

The summit is open to the public, but registration is required by Friday (May 13). Tickets are $75 for general participants and $25 for students.

Two Texas Tech faculty members have been instrumental in organizing the summit: Kishor Mehta, a Horn Professor of civil, environmental and construction engineering; and Danny Reible, a professor of chemical engineering and civil, environmental and construction engineering.


CONTACT:  Allison Hirth
Senior Director of Media and Public Affairs, Office of Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University
(806) 742-2136