The second biennial National Evacuation Conference will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in New Orleans at the Hilton Riverside hotel.

Stephen Flynn, professor of political science and the founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, will headline the lineup of keynote speakers and panelists set to appear as part of the 2012 conference, according to an LSU news release.

The 2012 National Evacuation Conference is organized by the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency, which is housed at LSU and the University of New Orleans, respectively.

Flynn, who has authored “The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation,” will also host a book signing during the conference.

The conference will be relevant to both academics and professionals with an interest in the development and modeling of comprehensive evacuation plans, and will offer a venue for dialogue between the academy and practice, as well as between the private and public sector. Participants will contribute to an important step towards more efficient evacuation planning.

“We are in the business of saving lives,” said Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation & Transportation Resiliency Director Brian Wolshon. “LSU is part of the organizing effort to bring this mix of academics, practitioners and government agencies to address a significant issue and develop solutions for emergency management needs.”

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