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Texas Tribune and Beaumont Enterprise host conversation on Hurricane Rita

The Texas Tribune and The Beaumont Enterprise will host a free, open-to-the-public conversation marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Rita’s landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast and their forthcoming joint reporting project, The Road From Rita, at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 at Lamar University in Beaumont.  

The conversation will focus on lessons learned from Hurricane Rita, whether Texas is better prepared for such storms in its aftermath and the future of emergency management and mass evacuation plans in Texas.

In addition to the conversation, storm survivors are invited to share video testimonials of their Rita experience on-site. Testimonials will be filmed from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. in the Setzer Center Conference Room (Room 133) and will be shared on the website for the Road From Rita project.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session and will be livestreamed at texastribune.org/livestream, and a video will be available following the event. General registration is open at texastribune.org.

Guiding the panel discussion will be Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune; State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont; Carman Apple, district coordinator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management; Carl Griffith, former Jefferson County Judge; and Robert Stein, professor at Rice University.  

This event is sponsored by The Beaumont Enterprise and hosted by Lamar University.

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