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    Video: Chris Cooper - “Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security”
    April 4th, 2007 under Dole Fellows, Institute Programs. [ Comments: none ]

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    Author and Wall Street Journal Reporter
    “Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security”
    Co-authored with Wall Street Journal reporter Bobby Block. In addition
    to the evening lecture, Chris Cooper was the guest speaker for the  
    study group, “The Politics of Disaster,” led by Dole Fellow Scott Morris. 

    Bobby Block co-author, was originally scheduled to deliver this lecture. 


    Study Group Powerpoint
    March 8th, 2007 under Uncategorized, Dole Fellows, Fellows Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    Spring 2007 Study Group: “The Politics of Disasters” with Scott Morris Wednesday, March 7th Study Group Topic: Life Cycle of Disasters with special guest Bill Carwile, Adjunct Professor at Naval Postgraduate School and one of the pre-eminent response experts in the nation Click here for Bill Carwile’s Power Point presentation on the Life Cycle of Disasters!

    The Politics of Disasters
    March 8th, 2007 under Uncategorized, Dole Fellows. [ Comments: none ]



    The following is a previously published article that mentions our current Republican Spring Semester Fellow Scott Morris, Director of Florida Long Term Recovery and a Kansas University Graduate.


    Star Banner Editorial
    Published Oct 10, 2005
    OUR OPINION: Support for our favorite whipping boys

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been a favorite punching bag lately. And why not? First, there was the tragically tardy response to Hurricane Katrina, witnessed by the whole world. Then revelations surfaced about the qualifications — or lack thereof — of erstwhile horse show referee and former agency director Michael Brown.

    More recently, we’ve been treated to news about FEMA’s nearly $1.5 billion in no-bid contracts (now apparently up for bid) to a few select contractors, including, no surprise, Halliburton; about the agency’s ice follies, wherein millions of pounds of ice, purchased for three times the amount, was trucked at full expense to disaster sites like Idaho, Maryland and Maine for fear of melting, instead of being delivered to hurricane survivors. And forget about the quarter-billion-dollar cruise ships to nowhere that sit relatively empty.

    The masters of disasters in Washington are in hot water with a steaming Congress, but a recent meeting in Ocala provided reason to hope that at least one arm of FEMA is straightened out.

    Marion County Public Works Director Larry Thacker invited U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and representatives of the Florida Association of Counties to meet with Orlando-based FEMA troops. The session at the Elks Lodge was punctuated by one question from county officials from Miami to the Panhandle to Scott Morris, chief of the long-term recovery effort in Florida: where’s our money?

    The answer: it’s on the way. Guaranteed.

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    Spring 2007 Fellow Intro
    February 20th, 2007 under Programs/Events, Dole Fellows. [ Comments: none ]

    Scott Morris intro -  Click on photo to view


    When:   Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm
    Dates:  February 28; March 7, 14 and 28; April 4, 11 and 18
    Where:  Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, Simons Media Center

    Tip O’Neill is credited with the statement that “all politics is local”.   This statement holds true for all disasters.   All disasters are local and all disasters are political.  When a disaster strikes, the citizens expect their government to respond quickly to their needs.  The most effective response is one that starts at the local level and grows with the support of surrounding communities, the county, the state and then the federal government.  The bottom-up approach yields the best and quickest results – saving lives, protecting property and getting life back to normal as soon as possible.   Each and every level of government – local, county, state and federal – must understand each others’ roles when a disaster strikes.  All levels of government must work as a team to address the public health and safety needs of the communities.  Unfortunately, when one of these levels is ill prepared, the entire system will collapse; enter Hurricane Katrina. 

    The Spring 2007 Session will take a closer look at how the political world intertwines with the world of emergency management.  I have a tremendous line-up of guest speakers scheduled to lead the study group sessions throughout the semester.  Topics of discussion will include the unprecedented 2004 Hurricane Season in Florida; Hurricane Katrina; the life-cycle of a natural disaster – preparedness/response/recovery; the “art” of predicting natural disasters; and the media’s role in a disaster.  

    To those who can’t attend all programs will be recorded and will be posted here and on the Dole Video Archives

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    Dole Institute of Politics announces spring 2007 fellows
    January 31st, 2007 under Uncategorized, Dole Fellows. [ Comments: none ]


    KU News Release 

    LAWRENCE — The former governor of Missouri and a Florida Federal Emergency Management Agency official will be introduced at a public reception Thursday, Feb. 1, as the spring 2007 fellows at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

    Bob Holden, a former Missouri governor, and Scott Morris, director of FEMA’s Florida Long-Term Recovery, will spend the spring semester at the institute leading weekly not-for-credit study groups beginning in late February. Students, faculty and the public are invited to meet Holden and Morris at a reception in their honor at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the institute.

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