Welcome to the September 2017 PMWJ

Hurricane Harvey, Floods, Disaster Relief for Project Managers… and Welcome to the September edition of the PM World Journal

David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 62nd uninterrupted monthly edition.  This edition continues to reflect the international nature of this publication; 33 original articles, papers and other works by 44 different authors in 20 different countries.  News articles about projects and project management around the world are also included. Since the primary mission of this journal is to support the global sharing of knowledge, please share this month’s edition with others in your network, wherever in the world they may be.

Since last August, I have used this opportunity to mention important trends or issues that I see as journal editor.  This month, in light of the recent hurricane that hit the Texas coast, I want to discuss disaster relief and recovery for project managers and those in the project management profession. I want to discuss these issues from human, personal and professional perspectives.

But first some context.  Here it is the 8th of the month, the latest this journal has been published, and still I am just now getting to this editorial and welcome article.  The issue for me is that I took on a new initiative early last week, to help lead a disaster relief initiative for the PMI Dallas Chapter in response to the record breaking floods along the Texas coast resulting from Hurricane Harvey.  Three PMI chapters in the region with over 5,000 members where affected.  Many PMI members had homes flooded, lost cars and other possessions, and had their lives uprooted. PMI Dallas chapter leaders wanted to help and have launched an initiative to do so; some details are below.  So I apologize to our authors and readers for late publication this month, but…  there’s been a lot going on.

Hurricane Harvey devastates the Texas coast

Hurricane Harvey hit the south Texas coast near the town of Corpus Christi on Friday evening, 25 August 2017.  Just to set the stage, here is a short intro from Wikipedia.  Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no hurricanes of Category 3 intensity or higher made landfall in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. [1]

Hurricane Harvey near Texas coast on 25 August 2017

According to ABC News in the United States on 1 September 2017, Harvey’s torrential rain, devastating winds and widespread flooding have so far cost at least 39 lives, driven over one million people to evacuate their homes in Texas and caused extensive destruction that will likely make it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. Here is a look at the storm’s historic devastation, by the numbers:

More than 20 trillion gallons: That’s the total amount of rain that fell across Texas and Louisiana, a staggering deluge that represents enough water to supply New York City’s needs for over five decades.

$125 billion: Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said his state will need federal relief money “far in excess” of that total. Moody’s Analytics has estimated $97 billion in destruction alone and some $108 billion in total damages counting lost output.

51.88 inches: The amount of rain recorded at Cedar Bayou on the outskirts of Houston in just under five days, marking a new record for the heaviest rainfall for a storm in the continental U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

3: The number of times Harvey made landfall– twice as a hurricane in Texas and once more as a tropical storm in southwestern Louisiana.

185,149: Homes estimated to be damaged or destroyed by Harvey, according to Friday’s data from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

364,000: People who have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of Friday, August 31, according to FEMA.

42,399 : People in shelters as of Friday, according to the Texas governor.

10,000: People rescued by federal forces as of Thursday, 30 August, FEMA said, plus countless other Good Samaritan rescues.

200,000: Customers without power on Thursday, according to the Energy Department.

120,000: Residents without water in Beaumont, Texas, on Thursday.

10: Gulf Coast region refineries that remain shut down by Harvey. Together they account for over 3 million barrels per day of output, or nearly 17 percent of the total U.S. refining capacity, according to the Energy Department. [2]


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About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL



David L. Pells is Managing Editor of the PM World Journal (www.pmworldjournal.net) and Managing Director of the PM World Library (www.pmworldlibrary.net). David is an internationally recognized leader in the field of professional project management with more than 35 years of experience on a variety of programs and projects, including engineering, construction, energy, defense, transit, technology and nuclear security, and project sizes ranging from thousands to billions of dollars. He occasionally acts as project management advisor for U.S. national laboratories and international programs, and currently serves as an independent advisor for a major U.S. national nuclear security program.

David Pells has been an active professional leader in the United States since the 1980s, serving on the board of directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) twice.  He was founder and chair of the Global Project Management Forum (1995-2000), an annual meeting of leaders of PM associations from around the world. David was awarded PMI’s Person of the Year award in 1998 and Fellow Award, PMI’s highest honor, in 1999. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK; Project Management Associates (PMA – India); and Russian Project Management Association.  Since 2010 he is an honorary member of the Project Management Association of Nepal.

Former managing editor of PM World Today, he is the creator, editor and publisher of the PM World Journal (since 2012).  David has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from Idaho State University in the USA.  He has published widely and spoken at conferences and events worldwide.  David lives near Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at [email protected].

To see other works by David Pells, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/david-l-pells/