Severe fall and winter storms—whether late season hurricanes like Sandy, or blizzards and ice storms that can knock down power lines and trees– can provide a real challenge to families. Everyone needs to be prepared for a severe weather event by having critical supplies on hand (non-perishable food, potable water, flashlights, blankets, etc.) and access to emergency back-up electrical power to provide heat, communications, and refrigeration.
Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré is an expert on dealing with natural disasters. As commander of the Joint Task Force Katrina, he took control of relief efforts after the initial chaotic period after the hurricane.
As September was National Preparedness Month, Lt. Gen Honoré offered the nation tips on staying safe during severe weather.
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About Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret):
Lt. General Honoré was widely hailed by the media as the “Category 5 General” who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré is currently a Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness, and a CNN Preparedness Contributor.
A native of Lakeland, Louisiana. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College, an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Stillman College, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Stillman College.
Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. As Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and, as the Commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, United States Northern Command, General Honoré’s focus was Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.