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City Manager Discusses Harvey with International Management Group

Post Date:10/27/2017 12:17 PM
October 27, 2017

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City Manager Discusses Harvey with International City Management Group

Baytown City Manager Rick Davis recently participated on a panel addressing lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey at the International City Management Association (ICMA) annual conference held in San Antonio in October.

Davis was joined by Alvin City Manager Sereniah Breland, Rockport City Manager Kevin Carruth, Victoria City Manager Charmelle Garrett, as well as Nim Kidd, the Texas Emergency Operations Center Director.  While much of the information shared at the session focused on the magnitude of destruction caused by the behemoth storm, Davis focused his discussion on the lessons learned from the Harvey experience.

“There are three primary takeaways from Harvey that I believe every city should take to heart,” said Davis.  “First, have a robust communications plan; Second, have a debris removal plan, and Third, even if you think you don’t want to get into the shelter business, you are going to need a place to take folks even temporarily.”

Davis also told the audience of mostly city administrators that training for finance personnel is absolutely essential.  “We are very fortunate in Baytown to have experienced finance people who have been through this and know how to interact with FEMA for public assistance,” said Davis.  “But many finance folks may not be up to speed with what’s going to be required by FEMA.  They need to have been through this exercise, even hypothetically, before the storm hits.”

The conference in San Antonio was ICMA’s 103rd and is annually the largest gathering of local government professionals.  The organization is dedicated to fostering and supporting professionalism and ethical practices in local government administration.  ICMA’s first conference was held in Springfield Ohio in 1914 and will be presented in Baltimore in 2018.


Baytown City Manager (far right) addresses Hurricane Harvey response at the International 
Association of City Managers Annual Conference