This week I have the pleasure of blogging from the 20th Clean Gulf oil spill conference right across the bay in Tampa, FL. The conference hosts oil companies, government agencies and inventors with the latest and greatest oil recovery technologies.
Last night I caught up for dinner with Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish and local BP oil spill celebrity for speaking out for the people of Louisiana. It’s great meeting a government leader who is both passionate about helping their constituents and can manage such a complex catastrophe. His stories were awesome, and he confirmed that Anderson Cooper is pretty awesome too.
Always having my Flip video camera in hand, I asked a few exhibitors to share their inventions with me. Some have been tested and used over many years. Others, like this first one here are the spontaneous ingenuity of Americans thinking “how can we stop the well” while watching TV, then getting right to it.
Chris Bennett is a self-proclaimed emergency management innovator who is trying to make government better by improving citizen preparedness and crisis communications. He’s a graduate of Wharton with a master’s from Harvard with in “Technology, Innovation, Education.” His portfolio of companies and former projects include OneStorm Hurricane Preparedness, ReadyTown, GovLive, TexasPrepares and America’s Emergency Network. Chris was the recipient of FL Governor Crist’s 2008 Public Information Award. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL, loves to fish, and has been spotted sharing a pint with GovLoop Founder Steve Ressler in Tampa.
What does CB2 Mean? “Chris Bennett’s Crisis Blog.” It was originally CB Squared but the superscript 2 never took, so now we’re rocking the big 2.