(Houston, TX) – Yesterday, Dupré Logistics hosted its annual Client Colloquium in Houston, TX. It featured a presentation by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré. Honoré’s presentation focused on creating a “Culture of Preparedness” in America, underscoring the urgent need for people and organizations to be prepared for potential disasters. The tactics and strategies described during the presentation focused on the logistics industry, but also are applicable to many business sectors as well as homeowners and their families. Dupré Logistics used Honoré’s experience to share their “Always Forward Thinking” philosophy with their attending stakeholders.
“At Dupré Logistics, we strive for forward thinking and planning ahead at not only a strategic, but also a tactical level; and inviting such a symbolic leader as Lt. Gen. Honoré to share his knowledge and experiences makes all of us as businesspeople and as citizens aware and ready to face obstacles and potential disasters in our futures,” said Dupré Logistics President Tom Voelkel.
The presentation recounted the difficult challenges Honoré faced in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, Honoré eased tension by encouraging soldiers to put down their guns and to help, not intimidate, the struggling people of New Orleans. Honoré explained the vast majority of Americans have not grabbed onto the need to be prepared at home and at work for potential disasters. One of the harshest lessons learned from recent disasters, especially Katrina, he said, is that you are your own first responder.
A native of Lakeland, La., Honoré was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as a number of Honorary Doctorates.
A Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, Honoré currently is working to develop questions to determine levels of preparedness and is also a CNN Preparedness Contributor. After more than 37 years of service, Honoré now devotes his life to the mission of “creating a culture that lives preparedness.” Since his command of Joint Task Force Katrina, he has brought lessons learned from Katrina to organizations around the country. An expert on preparedness and response to catastrophe, he offers insight into protecting people and organizations, outlining the principles necessary to lead through unexpected and uncontrollable crises.
Dupré Logistics, LLC is a team of professionals who design and deliver safe, diversified solutions and services for quality-focused clients committed to increasing their competitive advantage. Dupré has more than 1,000 team members and is headquartered in Lafayette, La. For more information, visit www.duprelogistics.com.