Virtual-2020 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium July 28-29, 2020

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pleased to announce its third annual Disaster Resilience Symposium to be held on July 28-29, 2020. NIST is closely monitoring guidance from Federal, State, and local health authorities on the outbreak of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of NIST employees and the American public they continue to serve, NIST has decided to make the 2020 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium virtual-only.

For details, click link above.


45th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop Call for Submissions (by June 10, 2020)

The 45th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop will be held virtually this year from July 12 through July 15.

The Natural Hazards Center is transitioning the Workshop to an online platform.

More information about registration and logistics will be distributed soon.

Submissions are now being accepting for the following opportunities for those wishing to participate in the Workshop: 

Poster Session Abstracts
Deadline: June 10, 2020
This year’s poster session will be held in a virtual space that allows presenters to upload a professionally prepared poster and an accompanying video presentation. Space is limited, so please submit abstracts to be included in the online program as soon as possible. For information on how to submit, please visit the submission guidelines web page.

Research and Practice Highlights
Deadline: June 10, 2020
Researchers are invited to share a brief description of their current research, programs, or projects to be posted online. The Research and Practice Highlights are an opportunity to shine a bright light on current pursuits and allow participants to maximize networking opportunities that will be available during the online Workshop. More information is available on the submission guidelines web page.

Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition
Deadline: June 10, 2020
The annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition is an opportunity to showcase the work of the next generation of hazards and disasters scholars. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit their current research, literature reviews, theoretical arguments, or case studies for consideration. Full guidelines and requirements for submission are available on the Student Paper Competition web page.

Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award
Deadline: June 10, 2020
The Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award recognizes disaster professionals who continue Mary Fran’s goal of promoting research and evidence-informed action on gender issues in disasters and emergency management. Please send nominations for those persons who are doing especially strong gender-focused work to advance these important goals. Self-nominations are not accepted. Please visit the award web page for information about how to submit a nomination.

One of the most vital elements of the Workshop is the people who attend. The Natural Hazards Center Team hopes everyone will take advantage of one or all of these opportunities to play a role. More information will be provided soon about  opening of registration for the Workshop and the Researchers Meeting to follow. Pricing information is available on the registration page.

If you wish to be added to The Natural Hazards Center mailing list, please register for emails via the Hazards Center signup form. You may reach out with any questions at

FEMA Overview Webinar for HHPD Grant Program – May 27, 2020

FY 2020 Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity

FEMA announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) competitive grant program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is published in The program is funded by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

The HHPD grant program provides technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams.

For FY2020, FEMA received $10 million for this grant cycle. Eligible high hazard potential dams are defined as non-federal dams:

  • located in a state or territory with a dam safety program;
  • classified as ‘high hazard potential’ by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located;
  • with a current, approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency; and
  • located in a state or territory which determines either of these criteria – the dam fails to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state; and the dam poses an unacceptable risk to the public.

In a state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the State Administrative Agency, or an equivalent state agency, is eligible to apply for the HHPD grant. Each eligible state may submit only one HHPD grant application.

You are encouraged to apply if you meet all requirements stated within the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement posted on

Visit to review the grant requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

FEMA will host a webinar to provide an overview of the HHPD Grant Program and answer any questions about the application process and requirements. The morning and afternoon sessions were made to accommodate different time zones.Please choose a time that is convenient for you.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Time: Morning Session: 9 AM – 10:30 AM EST. Afternoon Session: 1 PM- 2:30 PM EST.


Questions regarding the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program and/or webinar can be sent to

For more information about the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program, visit,

For more information about the National Dam Safety Program, visit


Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning for State and Local Governments – a FEMA National Continuity Programs Webinar: 5/28/2020 @ 3:30 p.m. EDT

To View this Announcement in PDF, Click Here: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning for State and Local Governments – a FEMA National Continuity Programs Webinar

Join FEMA’s National Continuity Programs for a Webinar on Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning for State and Local Governments

Thursday, May 28 | 3:30 – 5 p.m. EDT
Hosted by NACo, moderated by FEMA

Please join FEMA and association partners on May 28, for the first of a two-part webinar on COOP Planning for States and Local Governments. Part I: Introduction to COOP Planning – Thursday, May 28, 3:30 – 5:00pm;  Part II: Explores more advanced COOP concepts – Thursday, June 18, 3:30 – 5:00pm. 

COOP Planning during the COVID-19 pandemic will help your government to: ·

  • Identify essential government functions ·
  • Plan for operations with a reduced workforce ·
  • Recommend areas in which to build staff redundancy ·
  • Establish a devolution plan should staff become sick ·
  • Consider the impacts of reduced revenue on programs and services ·
  • Prepare for a traditional disaster scenario during the COVID-19 pandemic ·
  • Develop planning assumptions for an effective ‘return to normal’ based on your timeline

We hope you or your staff can join this how-to discussion on developing new or modifying existing COOP plans for COVID-19 pandemic conditions.


Continuity Planning: Why You Should Care and How FEMA Can Help State and Local Governments
Featuring Emma Poon, Branch Chief, Policy, Plans, and Evaluation Division, National Continuity Programs, FEMA

Building a Prepared Nation – Preparing for Hazards and COVID-19
Featuring Aaron Levy, Director, Individual & Community Preparedness Division, National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA

Thursday May 28, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m EDT


To submit questions before and during the webinar, email emma.poon@fema.dhs.go


During this critical and unprecedented time, NACo is focused on advocating for the needs of counties at the federal level, disseminating useful information to our members, and facilitating the exchange of effective strategies and approaches.

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National Flood Conference Webinar – June 1 – June 3, 2020

Participate in the National Flood Conference from Your Home Office –  June 1 through June 3.

Although the in-person Conference has been cancelled, flood issues remain as relevant as ever. This series of webinars, presented by APCIA and RAA, will provide the latest updates on key topics and give you the opportunity to ask questions from our expert presenters.

For complete info visit:

Free CDC Webinar: Psychological First Aid: Addressing Mental Health Distress During Disasters – 4/22/2020 @ 1:00 p.m. E.T.

Free CDC Webinar: April 22, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m. E.T.


When people are faced with disaster, intense emotions are often present and appropriate. Psychological First Aid (PFA) can help responders promote an environment of safety, calm, connectedness, self-efficacy, empowerment, and hope. PFA was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, with contributions from individuals involved in disaster research and response. This webinar provides a brief overview of PFA and connects viewers with both online and in-person training resources. This webinar will be broadcast on Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. ET. Closed captioning will be available.