Dr. Ehab Meselhe, P.E., Director of the Center for Louisiana Inland Water Studies and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisiana was invited to attend and participate in the Hurricane Science for Safety Leadership Forum held from Wednesday, December 3 – Friday, December 4, 2008 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Hurricane Science for Safety Leadership Forum is a gathering of elected officials, insurance industry representatives, leading environmentalists and experts in disaster mitigation, climate change, and meteorology. The Forum was sponsored by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH® Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), Weather-Predict Consulting and the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation and organized by the University of Rhode Island.

According to Craig Tillman, President of Weather-Predict Consulting, during the two day forum leading scientists, environmentalists, insurance industry analysts, academics and public policy experts pinpointed concrete steps which should be taken to help America become more disaster resistant. He stated that the charge of the Forum organizers is to now help turn the powerful ideas generated by the participants into a call for action that leads to real change to better protect families and lead to a safer America.

Dr. Meselhe stated, “It was an honor for me to be invited and it speaks of the quality of the research work that we do here at our College.”

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