Suzanne Basalla (left) and Donna Cole
On December 7, USJC members welcomed USJC Executive Vice President & COO Suzanne Basalla to Houston, where she joined an Asia Society of Texas program titled “Learning from the Past: Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster and Emergency Preparedness in Southeast Texas.” She shared her firsthand observations about Japan’s preparedness and the response of both countries to the 3.11 disasters, including the contributions of the TOMODACHI Initiative to Tohoku’s long-term recovery. Local experts looked at potential disasters in Southeast Texas that could also become complex, involving both natural and man-made elements, and focused on preparedness and disaster risk reduction options. Following the talk, USJC Board Member and Regional Chair Donna Cole gathered local members and supporters for a casual dinner and discussion of USJC’s upcoming activities, especially in Texas in the coming year. We thank Ms. Cole and Council Leader Glen Gondo for their generous welcome and support, and appreciate all the USJC members and friends who showed Suzanne their southern hospitality!