Presidential Session

Presidential Session

Increasing Resiliency Through Community Engagement to Protect and Nurture the Culture of New Orleans

Friday, 15 January 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM EST


New Orleans holds a key place in weather history for many reasons.  Because of this — and of course because NOLA has hosted our annual meeting in the past and will host us again — it has a special meaning for all AMS members. 


Regrettably the pandemic prevented us from being together in New Orleans this year as we had planned. However, we want to use this final session of our virtual meeting to connect the science we have shared over the last week to the real-world experience of the people and institutions in this unique and storied place.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will tie together our themes for the week. She’ll be supported by the city’s Chief Resilience Officer David Morris and Homeland Security and Public Engagement Manager Laura A. Mellem. Together they will  touch upon:

  • The intersection of social justice and environmental Impacts
  • Increasing engagement from the weather, water, and climate enterprise with communities to help mitigate and prepare for future disasters, and 
  • NOLA's 20-30 year vision for increasing resilience and how the weather, water and climate enterprise can support this vision  



New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans Mayor


Collin Arnold

Laura A. Mellem, Public Engagement Manager, NOLA Ready


David Morris, Acting Chief Resiliency Officer, City of New Orleans 


Michael Lowry, FEMA Region 4

Michael Lowry, FEMA Region 4