Hurricane Expert Mayfield to Speak at Windstorm Conference

January 25, 2007

“What happened to the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season?” This question and others will be addressed by Max Mayfield, newly retired director of the National Hurricane Center, during his keynote address at the Eighth Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, set for Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, Tampa, Fla.

According to Mayfield, “We know why the 2006 season resulted in such light activity, which is the good news, but the bad news is, we will very likely see a return to above average hurricane activity. We just can’t get complacent,” he said.

Mayfield, in his first presentation as newly retired director of the NHC, will address some of the topics he hasn’t been able to speak on as freely in the past. His keynote address, “The 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Where Did It Go?,” is scheduled for Jan. 30 at 8:15 a.m. in the hotel’s Regency Ballroom.

Mayfield’s presentation will review the 2006 hurricane season and look to future years, discuss global warming, address what our nation’s hurricane program needs and the mistakes to avoid, and share a nightmare scenario that our nation has yet to experience.

The important issues arising out of the past hurricane seasons and current property insurance issues will be the focus of the 2007 Windstorm Insurance Conference, which is hosted by the Windstorm Insurance Network Inc.

The conference will provide a forum for review and discussion of windstorm and related property insurance issues. More than 1,200 property insurance professionals are expected at the three-day event.

Source: Windstorm Insurance Conference

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