Learning From Our Neighbors

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Ed Dickson

Water Engineer

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Kyle Cortiana

While it may be true that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” there are many instances where a community wants to be independent from their neighbors and blaze their own path.  However, when it comes to being prepared in the event of a natural disaster, it is acceptable and encouraged to learn from our neighbor’s experiences.  Community officials encounter multiple difficult decisions during a storm – if or when to evacuate neighborhoods or communities, managing reservoirs, and deploying resources before, during and afterward – and your response will define the outcomes of the event.

During this session, participants will increase their knowledge of pre-disaster preparation, actions during ongoing disasters, and post-disaster resiliency using a combination of hands-on learning exercises intertwined with real-world case studies from storm events in Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Scenarios covered will explore topics such as advance asset evaluation/documentation, enhanced communication plans, understanding the data, preparing for contracting repairs and preparing for mitigation.


  • Ed Dickson, P.E., Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Mark Ickert, P.E., Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Kyle Cortiana, P.E., Freese and Nichols, Inc.

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Ed Dickson, P.E., is a Water and Construction Management Engineer VI in Charlotte.

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