The Center for International Policy In Washington, D.C. And The Association of Gulf Coast Emergency Managers, Take Pleasure in inviting you to a Conference on U.S.-Cuban Cooperation in Defending Against Hurricanes July 21, 2011 IP Casino and Resort, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi. 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee and registration. 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Opening remarks by Brigadier General Joe Spraggins, former Director of Emergency Management, Harrison County, MS during and after Hurricane Katrina. General Spraggins also has visited Cuba on three occasions, including trips with the Center for International Policy in 2008 and 2011.">The Center for International Policy In Washington, D.C. And The Association of Gulf Coast Emergency Managers, Take Pleasure in inviting you to a Conference on U.S.-Cuban Cooperation in Defending Against Hurricanes July 21, 2011 IP Casino and Resort, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi. 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee and registration. 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Opening remarks by Brigadier General Joe Spraggins, former Director of Emergency Management, Harrison County, MS during and after Hurricane Katrina. General Spraggins also has visited Cuba on three occasions, including trips with the Center for International Policy in 2008 and 2011.">

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The Center for International Policy In Washington, D.C. And The Association of Gulf Coast Emergency Managers, Take Pleasure in inviting you to a Conference on U.S.-Cuban Cooperation in Defending Against Hurricanes July 21, 2011 IP Casino and Resort, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Coffee and registration

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Opening remarks by Brigadier General Joe Spraggins, former Director of Emergency Management, Harrison County, MS during and after Hurricane Katrina. General Spraggins also has visited Cuba on three occasions, including trips with the Center for International Policy in 2008 and 2011.

9:45-10:00 a.m. Welcoming remarks by A.J. Holloway, Mayor, City of Biloxi, MS

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Observations of a group of emergency managers who have just visited Cuba regarding the Cubans' success in defense against hurricanes. What can we learn from them?

Moderator: Wayne S. Smith, Senior Fellow of the Center for International Policy and former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana (1979-82)

Featured Speakers:

Brigadier General Joe Spraggins; Connie Rocko, Supervisor of Emergency Management, District 5, Harrison County,MS; Rupert Lacy, Director of Emergency Management, Harrison County, MS;Sheryl Bracewell, Director of Emergency Management, Santa Rosa County, FL;Dexter Accardo, Director of Emergency Management, St. Tammany Parish, LA

11:30 - 11:45 a.m. - Break

11:45 - 12:30 p.m. -- U.S.-Cuban Cooperation in Tracking Hurricanes. Jose Rubiera, of the Cuban Meteorological Institute and Mike Reader, Chief Meteorologist, WLOX-TV, MS

12:30 p.m. - Adjournment

Please RSVP to Joe Spraggins by July 15, 2011 at: [email protected] or 228-323-6718

IP Casino/Resort 1-888-946-2847 www.Ipbiloxi.com

Room rates are $119 for Wednesday, July 20 and $89 for Thursday, July 21, 2011

The conference organizers wish to express our appreciation to the Ford Foundation and to Gulfstream Air Charters for their generous support, without which this conference would not have been possible.

Source: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/125063


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