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Hurricane Preparedness - Weathering the Storm

June 23, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

Hurricane Preparedness - Weathering the Storm

Are you prepared to weather the storm? Hurricanes or typhoons are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean water, often making landfall in populated regions. Threats from these systems are much more than just damaging winds and heavy rainfall—they include storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents and tornadoes.

This can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure such as long-term power, water and gas outages. The devastating effects can cause loss of life, disrupt transportation and result in extensive economic damage, making hurricane preparedness critical.

In this webinar, we will provide a practical guide on how you can understand your hurricane risk and explain what you can do to manage exposures before, during and after an event.

What We Cover

  • An introduction to storm terminology, including where and when storms occur and the damaging effects on people and property.
  • Guidance for hurricane risk exposure, including the steps your organization should take to ensure that you are properly prepared.

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Dr. Nathan Gould, Chief of Technology, ELSR, ABS Group

Dr. Nathan Gould serves as Chief of Technology for the ABS Group Extreme Loads and Structural Risk (ELSR) division. He also serves as the General Manager of ABS Group's St. Louis office. He is a practicing structural engineer with over 25 years of experience in the analysis, design, construction and rehabilitation of major structures in all regions of the United States. Dr. Gould is active in the utilization of performance-based seismic and extreme wind design methodologies for the design of new buildings, and the retrofit of existing structures and nonstructural elements. He has performed Natural Hazard risk assessments for numerous industrial and commercial facilities throughout the world.

Dr. Gould is the author of numerous technical papers, including articles on Performance Based Design, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Non-Structural Elements, Multi-Hazard Design to Improve Facility Resilience, Probable Maximum Loss Assessments, Managing Extreme Wind Losses and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection design. He has been a member of several post-earthquake reconnaissance groups, including teams that investigated damage following the 2010 Haitian and 2011 Christchurch events. Dr. Gould is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in several states and recently served on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR).

Mike Nield, Senior NatCat Consultant, ABS Group

Mike Nield is a Senior NatCat Risk Consultant with over 10 years of professional experience. He works within the Extreme Loads and Structural Risk division of ABS Group, based in the Warrington, UK Office. During his time with ABS Group, he has gained extensive experience in Natural Hazard Risk and PML Evaluations, Crisis Management and Recovery Strategy Evaluations, Business Continuity Management Evaluations and Policy Development against a multitude of perils/scenarios around the world. Mr. Nield has experience in working on projects globally, including in Italy, Saudi Arabia, USA, Egypt, UAE, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, China, Spain, Germany, Algeria and Romania. He has worked across a range of industries including industrial manufacturing, hi-tech electronics, beverage, utilities, petrochemical and pharmaceutical.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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