501 c3 Non-Profit

2017 Award Recipient

Lew Fincher started his career with DuPont in May of 1972, with assignments in many departments including Operations, Control, and later Mechanical before finally specializing a majority of his work in the field of severe weather preparedness, specializing in hurricane preparedness response and mitigation for all coastal sites located in the Atlantic Basin which includes business assets in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico.


Upon retirement from DuPont, he and his wife formed Hurricane Consulting, Inc. which brings decades of hands on experience assisting organizations in developing hurricane preparedness, response, and mitigation programs which are effective, yet simple to execute. Hurricane Consulting, Inc. audits existing, or can assist in developing plans to facilitate clients in improving knowledge necessary to ensure

successful and safe response to hurricane threats.

2018 Award Recipient

Jeff Linder is a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District and is head of the Flood Control District’s Hydrologic Operations Division. Joining the Harris County Flood Control District in 2004 as the District’s first meteorologist is one of many precedents set by Jeff Lindner. In his primary role as manager of the District’s Flood Watch Program, Jeff implements regular communication with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (HCOEM) during times of flooding while monitoring 140 rainfall and stage gages and collecting data at over 400 bridges located on many of Harris County’s 2,500 miles of channel. In addition he oversees the operation of the Harris County Flood Warning System and the Regional Flood ALERT Partners group as well as establishing flood levels for all 140 gage sites in Harris County. Jeff also held the Regional Coordinator for CoCoRaHS for six years in southeast Texas and has developed multiple presentations and preparedness materials on hurricane impacts, flooding, and drought and how to prepare and respond to these weather episodes. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the national and local chapters of the American Meteorological Society and of the Texas Gulf Coast Emergency Managers Association, the National Hydrological Warning Council, Texas Flash Flood Coalition, and ALERT Users Group.


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