Mayor Walter Maddox on the 2011 Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado

Date: 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 4:15pm

Location: 

Room 226 (Conference Room), Ash Center, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

Join us for a conversation with Mayor Walter Maddox of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who will speak about his city’s response to an EF4 tornado that hit on April 27, 2011. Despite leveling an eighth of the city, killing 53 people, and destroying or seriously damaging thousands of structures, the devastation could have been far greater had it not been for the mayor’s decision to revamp the city’s emergency management system in the years preceding the storm. During his talk, Mayor Maddox will discuss this reform and how he led the response to the storm, providing insight into the role political leaders can play in preparing for and responding to disasters.

Sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership, Ash Center and Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Email david_giles@hks.harvard.edu for more information.