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Houston and the Next Big Storm

Thursday March 3, 2016 - 6:00 pm to Thursday March 3, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Houston and the Next Big Storm

CAMPUS: Maritime

The Texas Tribune has partnered with ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism, to present and host a free, open-to-the-public conversation — Protecting Houston Before the Next Big Storm — at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus in La Porte, Texas.

The conversation will focus on what needs to be done to safeguard the Houston region against a massive hurricane that could have an overwhelming impact well beyond the upper Texas coast.

The Houston-Galveston region is home to the nation’s largest petrochemical complex and the Houston Ship Channel, a vital waterway that serves as one of the largest ports in the nation and the world. As political and scientific leaders continue to debate an approach, billions of dollars in infrastructure, thousands of people and the economy of Texas face unprecedented dangers.

Before the panel discussion, ProPublica News Applications Developer Al Shaw will present an immersive multimedia project from ProPublica and the Tribune that explores the potential impact of such a storm at any location within the ship channel region.

Community members are invited to come and engage with the project, which will include a detailed mapping feature.

The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session. Snacks will be provided. The conversation will be available online live at, and the video will be available for viewing afterward. General registration is open at


Natalie Choate, Texas Tribune


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