Archive for August, 2013

Emergency Specialist Reflects On Life’s Work During Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Podcast)

Monday, August 26th, 2013
Madhu Beriwal cutting Ribbon at IEM Opening Ceremony

Madhu Beriwal (on right cutting the ribbon) when headquarters were moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

By Nicole Campbell and Frank Stasio
Reprinted from

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Beriwal about her life and research in emergency management.

In 1985, Madhu Beriwal was conducting hurricane research for the state of Louisiana. She charted possible directions and outcomes that different storm conditions would bring to New Orleans. Looking at [a hurricane atlas she developed]  in 2005, Beriwal said it almost perfectly predicted the severity of Hurricane Katrina.

Today Beriwal heads IEM, a private emergency response company that focuses on homeland security, natural disasters and evacuation support. The State of Things host, Frank Stasio, talks with Madhu Beriwal about her life and research in emergency management.

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