Dozens of people sitting at a long table shaped in a half circle. Each person has a microphone and is able to join in the debate. One person says let’s do this. Another says that’s a good idea, but let’s do it this way. That’s how it went for hours as the commission talked about what went wrong during Ike and what can be done better the next time.
Freddy Warner works for the Memorial Herman system.
“The longer term focus is to do a better job of planning for the inevitable natural disasters that will come.”
They say an example that should be followed is what the medical center did a few years back: making whatever changes are necessary so hospitals can still do their jobs doing times of disaster. You would think that would be a no brainier. But Warner says being ready for a disaster and being ready for a once in a life-time disaster are two different things.
“Government in all functions of service to citizens we regrettably have to plan for those once in a lifetime, when they talk about 500 year flood or what have you. Well, maybe it won’t happen in 500 years, but maybe it will.”
Bill Stamps- KUHF Houston Public Radio News.