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Lexington Insurance Company’s Laurie A. Johnson, Senior Science Advisor, Authors Book on Post-Katrina Recovery
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New York – August 19, 2010 – Lexington Insurance Company, a Chartis company, today announced that its Senior Science Advisor, Laurie A. Johnson, Ph.D., AICP, has co-authored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans, a recently-released book examining the people, events and actions that shaped the recovery of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

"With the fifth anniversary of Katrina upon us, Clear as Mud demonstrates that recovery from a catastrophe like Katrina is an extremely complex process," said Ms. Johnson. “By documenting the challenges of the first 22 months of New Orleans’ historic rebuilding effort, we hope to help businesses, individuals and governments learn from this experience and become better prepared for future crises."

As Senior Science Advisor, Ms. Johnson provides valuable research and insights that are used by Chartis to enhance its disaster response capabilities and ability to support individuals, businesses and governments facing economic recovery and property reconstruction after a catastrophe. Earlier this year, Ms. Johnson conducted a research mission in earthquake-damaged Chile. Practical examples from that assignment are captured in Lessons Learned in Chile and U.S. Earthquake Resiliency, a Lexington-produced webcast available on a complimentary basis at www.lexcasts.com. Ms. Johnson is also a contributor to Lexington’s CAT Information Center, www.lexingtoninsurance.com/pgCATCenter.php, which includes tools, information and resources that support catastrophe preparation and response.

Clear As Mud is co-authored by Robert B. Olshansky, AICP, a professor and associate head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois.

In addition to her role at Lexington, Ms. Johnson is principal of Laurie Johnson Consulting and Research. She has more than 20 years of experience in urban planning, risk management and disaster recovery research and consulting. Ms. Johnson and Mr. Olshansky have jointly researched long-term recovery and reconstruction following many major disasters, including the Northridge (1994); Kobe, Japan (1995) and Sichuan, China (2008) earthquakes.

Clear as Mud is published by the American Planning Association’s Planners Press and may be purchased online at www.apaplanningbooks.com, or at www.amazon.com.

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Marie Ali