Katrina recovery chief to speak at MSU

The general who helped lead recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina will deliver a public lecture at Mississippi State this evening.
Lt. Gen. (Ret) Russel Honore, commander of the Joint Task Force Katrina, will speak at 5:30 p.m. today in the Bettersworth Auditorium of Lee Hall.
The event is free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
His visit is sponsored by the College of Business and the Campus Activities Board.
Called by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, “one John Wayne dude,” Honore will deliver a presentation titled “See First, Understand First, Act First: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st century.”
A native of Lakeland, La., Honore had a lengthy Army career that took him from Korea to Germany to points around the U.S. His many awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star, among others.
In 2009, he published his first book, “Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters.”
He also serves as a preparedness contributor for CNN and a senior scientist with Gallup, as well as chairman of the board of Grand ISS, a firm specializing in risk solutions; and on the board of Expert Council of Firestorm Solutions, specializing in business continuity, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation, and crisis management.
For more information about the event, telephone Anthony Lowe at 662-325-5957.