News Advisory - News Briefing in Bay St. Louis

For Immediate Release –

August 19, 2009

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 /

News Briefing in Bay St. Louis August 27th: Former Governor William F. Winter to Lead Discussion on Government Response to Hurricane Katrina and Recommended Changes in Federal Law

Richard P. Nathan of Rockefeller Institute of Government and Marc Landy of Boston College to Join
Governor Winter as Fourth Anniversary of Katrina Approaches

Bay St. Louis, Miss. — Former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter will lead a review of government response to and intergovernmental cooperation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina here on Aug. 27. He will also discuss how federal laws dealing with emergency management should be changed to effect better responses in the future.

He will be joined by Richard P. Nathan, co-director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, N.Y., and Boston College Political Science Professor Marc Landy. Nathan and Landy are two of the principal researchers involved in the four-year “GulfGov” study of government responses to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nathan and Landy will present their paper that represents the final product of the GulfGov research. This paper calls for changes in the federal Stafford Act, which is the law that authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

All eight GulfGov reports can be found at: The research was funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

The Aug. 27 briefing will begin at 11 a.m. and will be held at the Bay St. Louis City Hall, 688 Highway 90, near the intersection with Main Street.

Member of the press may RSVP to Mark Marchand of the Rockefeller Institute:, or 518-443-5283.


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