USACE Levee Safety Portfolio Report Publication

Organizations Interested in Levee Safety,

I am pleased to present to you the first summary report of the flood risks and benefits associated with levees that are within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Levee Safety Program.  The report is on the USACE Levee Safety Program website available for download at https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usace.army.mil%2FMissions%2FCivil-Works%2FLevee-Safety-Program%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C80e6136dae174f019bd008d5ca2f9890%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435
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Please share this information with others who are interested in the USACE Levee Safety program.

As you know, we have been working since 2006 to establish a comprehensive inventory, inspection and risk assessment of all levees in the portfolio.   We anticipate that we will have completed the first round of risk assessments of all levees in the portfolio in 2019.  This initial step will assist us in further identifying and reducing risk in the communities where our levees provide benefits.

In 2006, USACE began the task of developing a comprehensive inventory of the nation’s levees and, within our traditional program, inspecting and conducting risk assessments. We are in the process of sharing risk assessment information with our non-federal sponsors and communities as well as using that information to guide activities within the USACE Levee Safety Program.

Based on an assessment of nearly 2,000 levee systems, this report looks at flood risks and benefits at a portfolio level. We conducted this review to better understand the relative importance of factors driving the risks in order that we can inform decisions when managing a diverse portfolio of levees. Information in this report is already helping us guide decision making in areas such as research, policy, training, analytical methodology, and governance approaches. This report is intended to bring facts to the table and provide a starting point for conversations at all levels. We hope that you will use it to initiate conversations at all levels of governance.

Along the way, we have uncovered facts about Corps levee systems that remind us of the importance of understanding benefits associated with levees: they reduce flooding risks to over 11 million Americans and $1.3 trillion dollars of the economy, including over 300 colleges and universities, over 30 sports venues, strategic national industries, and key governmental offices at all levels. The data also shows that these systems are integral with society, with about a mile of Corps levees for every McDonald’s restaurant in the United States.

We will update this report periodically. This first report will serve as a baseline for future analysis and allow us to measure the effectiveness of our risk management efforts. It is important to note, however, that Corps levees represent only a fraction of the levees in the nation – the remainder are managed by other federal, state, tribal, regional, and local entities. As we continue to conduct a National Levee Inventory and Review on levees outside the Corps traditional authorities, we will develop a more comprehensive understanding of all of the nation’s levees.

Managing risks associated with levees in the United States will require diligence and cooperation among all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals. To be successful in the face of increasing flood hazard and projections of increasing population in flood prone areas, we must all begin to think and act like risk managers.

We hope this report will assist you in better understanding our program and will answer any questions you might have.

Sincerely,

Eric

Eric Halpin, PE
Deputy Dam and Levee Safety Officer
Chief, Dam and Levee Engineering Branch
Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street NW, Office 3E65
Washington, DC 20314-1000

Vacancy Announcement: NHMA CTP Project Manager and Part-Time Executive Director

Part-Time Cooperating Technical Partners Grant Program Manager and Part-Time NHMA Executive Director (Work from Home)

Seeking a part-time professional (9 to 20 hours per week) to serve as the hands on Grant Manager for the NHMA Cooperating Technical Partners Grant Manager (70% of duties) as well as the Part Time Executive Director of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (projected to be 30% of duties). You will be able to work from home. This position will be as an independent contractor.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and a passionate desire to serve the public; as well as knowledge of Hazard Mitigation, and Climate Adaptation. Experience with local, grassroots Disaster Risk Reduction and the NHMA Disaster Risk Reduction curriculum in addition to non-profit fundraising is a huge plus for the candidate.

For further information please contact:

Edward A. Thomas Esq.

President

Natural Hazard Mitigation Association.

Ed.nhma@gmail.com

If you wish to apply, please submit a resume, including the names of three people we can contact about your qualifications by 5 PM EDT June 20, 2018 by email to Ed Thomas at the above address

Job Opportunity: Analyst in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division (G&F) is seeking an Analyst in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery to serve the United States Congress by providing expertise on issues pertinent to disaster recovery principles, policy, and practices. Work may include design and evaluation of options for Congress to inform the debate on effective disaster recovery strategies, policy options, and measurement.

The ideal candidate will have experience conducting applied analysis that offers actionable policy options for Congress on disaster recovery issues, but also understands adjacent areas of emergency management such as response and mitigation. The candidate will put forth practical, forward-looking ideas to inform the legislative debate on addressing short, medium, and long term disaster recovery. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of disaster recovery principles, policy, and practices including grants and other economic incentives, stakeholders typically involved in recovery efforts, and methods for measuring progress. Further, the successful candidate will be able to articulate how policy decisions made in any phase of the disaster cycle might affect disaster recovery in impacted areas.

Strong policy research, writing, and presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Experience communicating results with data visualization is preferred. Candidates adept at explaining complex emergency management and disaster recovery principles, policy, and practices that resonate with audiences without their level of expertise are encouraged to apply.

The analyst will engage in all facets of the research process including but not limited to locating and interpreting factual information, preparing objective, non-partisan written products, and providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and their staff. The analyst will also participate in or lead team research projects and seminars. The analyst is expected to possess and continuously develop the skills to provide policy and legislative analysis and consultation at increasingly sophisticated levels.

 
CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/.  
 
Thank you,
Eliamelisa Gonzalez
Human Capital Management Specialist
Library of Congress | Congressional Research Service
egonzalez@crs.loc.gov | 202.707.6399

 

Conference Call for National Dam Safety Awareness Day

Intergovernmental Affairs Invitation

May 31, 2018 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, a day to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide dam owners, nearby residents, and emergency managers with information about what steps can be taken to reduce the impacts of catastrophic dam incidents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Dam Safety Program Senior Technical and Policy Advisor James Demby, will host a conference call with officials to discuss aspects of the National Dam Safety Program, as well as communication and coordination between dam owners/operators and emergency management authorities responsible for warning and evacuating the public. The dial-in information and the specific audience for the call are indicated below:

CONFERENCE CALL FOR NATIONAL DAM SAFETY AWARENESS DAY

  • Date:                                       Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time:                                       2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Call-In #:                                 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Passcode:              196443

For more than 30 years, the federal government has worked to protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). The NDSP is a partnership of states, federal agencies, and other stakeholders, to encourage and promote the establishment and maintenance of effective Federal and state dam safety programs to reduce the risks to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Download the FEMA App to locate and get directions to open shelters across the state, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.

 

APRIL 30 CERC Webinar: “Making LiDAR Work For You”

Please log on Monday, April 30, at 1 p.m. ET, for a live, one-hour CERC webinar, “Making LiDAR Work For You.” Leslie Durham, PE, of Atlantic and Resilience Action Partners will walk us through the possibilities of high-resolution data to reshape our expectations about LiDAR collection. We’ll also hear how this feature-rich data can impact FEMA and community-level programs beyond flood mapping. (See the attached flier for more details.)
 
On April 30, please click (or copy and paste) the link below to join the webinar:
For audio, call 571-209-6390; access code: 991 323 734#
– (As you sign in, the system will assign you an ATTENDEE ID. Please enter this ATTENDEE ID at the prompt when you dial in for audio.)
-Tips for accessing WebEx are also attached.
* Please plan to sign in 10 minutes early. If you experience a problem, please send a description of the issue along with a screenshot, if possible, to CERCTraining@ogilvy.com. We will try our best to troubleshoot before the webinar begins.
 

 

Join us! FEMA’s Resilient Nation Partnership Network will convene for the second Lunch and Learn of 2018

When: Tuesday, April 10 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Ogilvy Washington
Host: The Union of Concerned Scientists
Topic: “When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of U.S. Coastal Communities?”
 
Communities and nations of the 21st century face a great challenge: to protect people from the harm caused by an increasingly volatile climate. The damaging impacts of climate change will grow as the climate changes and adaptation fails to keep pace, unless societies take steps to increase their resilience through aggressive action on both climate mitigation and adaptation. This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights 15 principles for decision makers to use to prioritize investments in climate change adaptation.
Bring your lunch, mingle with partners and representatives from FEMA, and join us for an hour of learning. Refreshments will be provided.
 
Location:
Ogilvy Washington
1111 19th Street NW | Floor 3
Washington, DC 20036
Seats are limited, so please remember to reserve your spot ASAP by emailing Alise Murawski at alise.murawski@ogilvy.com. Walk-ins may or may not be accommodated due to space limitations. Refreshments will be provided.
 
Please reach out to Peter Herrick, Jr. (peter.herrickjr@fema.dhs.gov) with questions.