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The Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center was established in 2007 as a university-based research and education center. Led by Rice University, the SSPEED Center organizes leading Gulf Coast universities, researchers, emergency managers, industry leaders and private and public entities to better address severe storm prediction and its impact on the region. The Houston Endowment, Texas General Land Office, The Kinder Institute, Great Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium (GHFMC) and Rice University provide primary funding for the SSPEED Center.

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