Savannah's Experience with Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in the Wakes of Hurricanes Matthew and Irma

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations


Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. EDT

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In an eleven month time span, Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, both Category 5 hurricanes, prompted mass evacuations and brought widespread destruction to the Southeastern United States.  A panel composed of local planners, emergency management personnel and CORE MPO staff will discuss the local response to both storms—what went right, what went wrong, lessons learned, and how we are adapting to what could be the new normal.  If time allows, a case study of US Highway 80 will be highlighted.  Completed in 1923 to provide access to Savannah’s beach communities, US 80/Tybee Road, now experiences reoccurring inundation and closures in the absence of storms during peak high tides. 


Rachel Hatcher, AICP

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Jane Love, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jane Love most recently was a transportation planner for the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO) in Savannah, GA. Currently she is exploring other cities, when not volunteering for her favorite local organizations. She served as the project manager for the MPO's US 80 Bridges Study, Bicycle and ... Read More

Dennis Jones

Confirmed Speaker

Dennis T. Jones is an accomplished emergency manager with extensive experience spanning 28 years of Incident Command and Emergency Response. In an emergency management capacity, Mr. Jones has coordinated response and recovery to a myriad of emergencies and disasters to include, 500-year floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, droughts, hazardous materials, mass ... Read More

Nick Helmholdt

Confirmed Speaker

Since 2016, Nick Helmholdt, AICP has been the Senior Comprehensive Planner at the Chatham County Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission. Prior to this, Nick was the Director of Planning/dot Administrator for the Chatham Area Transit/Savannah Mobility Management, Inc., and a Project Manager at the Clean Energy Coalition. He received ... Read More

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