Admiral Thad Allen on Managing the Unexpected

Admiral Thad Allen


December 2, 2010


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
938 Lafayette Street, 1st Floor
New Orleans, LA 70113


Admiral Thad Allen will discuss his experiences leading the nation's high-profile response to two national emergencies—Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill—and the lessons learned about how to respond more effectively to disaster.

About the Speaker

Admiral Thad Allen was selected by President Barack Obama in May 2010 to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Allen was charged with oversight of all response efforts to stop the flow of oil and mitigate the effects of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history. He worked closely with the federal on-scene coordinator, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Interior, Commerce, and Health and Human Services. Allen was also in charge of coordinating with various state and local entities, as well as directing the efforts of British Petroleum, the responsible party in the spill.

About the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

RAND created the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute in 2005 to support hurricane recovery and long-term economic development in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Today, RAND Gulf States provides objective analysis to federal, state, and local leaders in support of evidence-based policymaking and the well-being of individuals throughout the Gulf States region. With offices in New Orleans, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi, the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute is dedicated to answering some of the region's toughest questions related to a wide range of issues including education, healthcare, infrastructure, and workforce development. Learn more about RAND Gulf States at

About RAND

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