Chemical industry, regulators gather to learn from Harvey
The American Chemistry Council and Texas Chemistry Council on March 5 gathered stakeholders across industry and government to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey and how to be prepared for the next storm. In this Special Report, we'll recap coverage of the event at the Houston Area Safety Council headquarters in Pasadena, Texas, and look at key issues related to the response to Harvey, as well as emergency planning and preparation in general.
Dooley on March 5 in Pasadena, Texas (American Chemistry Council)
Hurricane Harvey was unusual in being a long-duration rain event instead of the usual short-term wind event, but the American Chemistry Council's member companies responded well during and after the storm, says ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley in an interview about the March 5 forum and the response to Harvey. "I was really pleased that, almost without exception, every representative from the regulatory community was generally positive about the engagement that they had with industry," Dooley said.
Coming together to share best practices During the forum held earlier this month, LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel highlighted that by working together the chemical industry can further enhance the safety and reliability of operations to better serve communities, customers and end markets. Watch the video.
Houston added more jobs than expected in 2017 despite the effects of Hurricane Harvey, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Houston's job growth of 2.1% for the full year exceeded the national average.
Coastal communities in Texas can benefit from $1 billion in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by late summer, Gov. Greg Abbott said last month. Half of the money will be available right away for efforts such as property buyouts and elevation, flood walls and storm-surge restoration projects.
Last year's hurricanes serve as a reminder that supply chain resilience is a must for companies -- a process including disaster response, secondary disruptive effects and how employees will be affected, writes Chloe Demrovsky, CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International. "Whether it's a hurricane, fire, flood, or other event, what matters is that the organization has a plan to meet the demand for its product," she writes.
A study by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District in Texas is continuing to examine the economic impact of storm surges on six Texas counties as well as what measures, such as a coastal spine, could mitigate damage from future storms. Such projects could cost $11.6 billion, the district says.
Thank you to our strong and steady team Throughout Hurricane Harvey, LyondellBasell’s employees on the U.S. Gulf Coast remained focused on their commitment to the safety of our people, plants and communities. Our teams across the region consistently demonstrated our values of excellence, ownership and team work. We applaud our strong and steady team for all they do in setting new standards for excellence each and every day. Learn more.