Veterans Day Speaker, Lt. General (Ret) Russel Honoré,
Katrina's "John Wayne"
Impressed with Sears Holdings
Lt. General (Ret) Russel
Honoré, the man who New
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin dubbed "one John Wayne Dude,"
received a briefing from the Sears Holdings Crisis
Operations Team (COT) November 8th before speaking to over 200
headquarters associates on the topics of leadership,
helping save a city Post Hurricane Katrina and honoring
our American veterans. General Honoré was impressed with
the procedures and technology used by the COT in
preparing and supporting field units during man-made or
He shared with Bill Titus, VP of Loss
Prevention, "one way we can show 21st Century leadership
is by taking care of our people, especially the most
vulnerable among us. America is a great country when we
not only look out for Wall Street and Main Street, but
also 'Railroad Street' – the poor, disabled, and elderly
who are often the first to get left behind when crisis –
economic or otherwise – strikes." He lauded Sears
Holdings for its focus on opening stores quickly during
both Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy, allowing our local
communities and customers to return to a state of
normalcy in short order.
Honoré emphasized a topic of national importance today
is creating a "culture of preparedness in an era where
disasters and catastrophes can take place, anytime,
anywhere..." "Wherever I go", he stated, "I always ask
my audiences, 'Are you ready?'"