Lt. General Honore on Thursday's Access Utah
Russell Honore came to national attention when, as a U.S. Army Lt. General, he was assigned to lead the Department of Defense’s Joint Task-Force Katrina. The hurricane hit on Monday, August 29, 2005, and he was put in charge of overseeing the federal emergency response on Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. By the time he arrived on Wednesday morning thousands of people were stranded on roof tops and in attics and more than 16,000 people were at the Superdome along with a similar number at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, according to Honore.
General Honore gained a reputation as a straight-talking no-nonsense leader who got things done and was called the”Category 5 General” and that “John Wayne dude.” He served 37 years in the military and supported the Department of Defense’s response to several hurricanes including Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Lili in 2002. Now retired from the army, he says his current mission is to help build a culture of preparedness in families and communities. His books include “Leadership in the New Normal” and “Survival: How Being Prepared Can Keep You and Your Family Safe.” He is currently a senior scientist with The Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness. He is also an active public speaker and regular contributor to CNN where he is often interviewed on topics related to disaster preparedness.
General Honore was recently in Utah as a guest of Logan-based company, Muscle Wall, for whom he is a consultant. Muscle Wall manufactures and sells reusable flood-control walls that are moved into place and filled with water to protect communities from rising storm waters. The walls, manufactured, in part, in Brigham City, can replace sandbags and are also used by the gas and oil industry as a backup system to contain accidental spills.
General Honore joins Tom Williams to discuss Hurricane Katrina, emergency preparedness, Ferguson, Missouri, and other topics on Thursday’s AU.