Mount Aloysius President Foley Shares Hurricane Katrina Relief Experience with Business Continuity Students

Posted on: November 19, 2013

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CAPTION: Shown here, from left are Mount Aloysius College students Christopher Nolan, Harrisburg, Pa.; Evan Standley, Summerhill, Pa.; Karen Duke, Blandburg, Pa.; Andrew Schultz, Ebensburg, Pa.; Professor Jeff Sunseri; Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley; and students Austin “Ozzy” Old, Suffolk, United Kingdom; Nitin “Nick” Kolhar, Cresson, Pa.; Amanda Hutchinson, Coalport, Pa.; and Gregory Lucas, Westover, Pa.

Cresson, Pa. – In the wake of the Philippines’ typhoon disaster, Professor Jeff Sunseri ‘s Business Continuity class invited Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley to share his personal disaster management experience in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During his tenure as CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross, President Foley spent weeks leading a team of emergency responders as part of the Red Cross’ efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi.  In his lecture, President Foley discussed key lessons learned from the Katrina response, a hurricane disaster which dwarfed all previous Red Cross response and recovery efforts.  Among the key organizational lessons that President Foley shared with students were: the importance of infrastructure investment, the need for worst-case scenario planning, the impact of cultural diversity issues, and the development of state-of-the-art communications techniques, “just-in-time” distribution and logistics practices and the importance of strong relationships with public sector and nonprofit partners.