Fall 2020 Hazus Quarterly Webinar – Oct. 20, 2020

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Greetings Risk Assessment Community!

FEMA’s Hazus Team invites you to join us next Tuesday, October 20 for our Fall 2020 Hazus Quarterly Webinar. Liz Batty and Ashleigh Fountain from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss Understanding Economic Risk from Coastal Floods in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Read more about the webinar topic and register here – and please share with all who may be interested. We look forward to connecting with you next week!


The Hazus Team

WEATHERING CHANGE: Local Solutions for Strong Communities 2020-21 Webinar Series – 10/22/20

Click here to view Weathering Change Webinar Series 2020-21 as a PDF.

WEATHERING CHANGE: Local Solutions for Strong Communities is a webinar series presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

For more information, or to view recordings of past webinars. visit our website: www.communityresilience-center.org

Climate Migration: Research, Analyze, Implement –
What can We Learn from Other Places?

Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 12:00 – 1:15 PM ET


Climate change is a human rights issue. 13 million U.S. coastal residents are projected to be displaced by 2100 due to sea level rise alone, while many thousands are already being forced out of their homes due to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires. Uncoordinated and piecemeal efforts at the federal level leave the burden on local governments to prepare for the short and long-term impacts of these population movements in both receiving and shrinking communities. Adequate planning and preparation to reduce risk and avoid catastrophic outcomes must prioritize frontline communities and ensure that local residents are active participants in these efforts. Climate migration may also present opportunities for “climate haven” communities to grow safely, sustainably, and equitably if planning is coordinated and thoughtful.

This webinar will showcase both recent and upcoming research, and work compiled by Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Antioch University, and National League of Cities on the potential impacts and opportunities of climate induced migration on receiving and retreating communities. Discussion will also center on how cities and towns across the country can start to plan and engage their community members on preparing for these impacts. Strategies to address climate-induced migration must prioritize the most impacted and least resourced communities.

Anna Marandi, National League of Cities
Elena Mihaly, Conservation Law Foundation

Graduate Student Researchers, Antioch University New England:
Raleigh Tacy
Shameika Hanson
Jessica Poulin

Want to learn more about engaging the general public on issues of climate change resilience?

Register for our next 4-week online course:
Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation, and Stakeholder Capacity Building

November 8 to December 12, 2020
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2020
Instructor: Christa Daniels

There is broad scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and is caused by human actions. However, there is limited implementation of climate adaptation to help create resilient local communities. Local and regional governments have access to a wide range of resources that can help them become more resilient to climate impacts. Even with this information, communities still face significant barriers bridging the gap from planning to action.

In order to sufficiently engage the public on climate change, it is important to understand how people relate to this issue. In particular, what prompts individuals to take action or become involved in an issue. If we are looking for community members to collaboratively solve complex issues to achieve climate resilience, then we need to have a thorough understanding why people engage in an issue or specific behaviors.

This module will provide guidance on how to effectively engage the general public in order to build the political will and public support needed for implementation. Learn how to identify and implement an effective communication and engagement strategy through evidence-based tactics, including a stakeholder process that can be used to develop place based responses. The course will also touch on the inequity of impact to populations due to climate change and build understanding of the social justice ramifications associated with climate change vulnerabilities.

Visit our website for more information about this course and the Climate Resilience Certificate

Register for the Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation, and Stakeholder Capacity Building online course

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Call for Articles: FEMA Risk Map CTP Collaboration Monthly (due 10/30/20)

Click here to view a PDF of: CTP_Collaboration_Monthly_Request_for_Articles(due_10-30-2020-for-11-4-2020).

Good Morning CTP Stakeholders:

My name is Katie Duskin and I am a contractor working on the Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program team for FEMA’s Risk Management Directorate (RMD). This email is serving as a request for articles to include in the November CTP Collaboration Monthly, to be distributed on Wednesday, November 4, 2020Articles are due no later than Friday, October 30, 2020. We are particularly interested in articles about the following subjects:

  • Project management best practices
  • Mapping projects
  • Outreach projects
  • Tools and resources for CTPs
  • Training opportunities
  • New technologies, websites, or digital products
  • Community outreach success stories

The CTP Collaboration Monthly contains a Best Practices section. If you have a project you’d like to highlight or if you know of another CTP who should be featured, please reach out to us. We can work with you to develop articles. Please reach out to katherine.duskin@associates.fema.dhs.gov to set up a time to talk.

Please provide any program updates, tools, resources and best practices that you wish to share with the broader CTP network, and follow the guidelines below for article submission. Also, please include any upcoming events.


  • Please submit articles and/or event information no later than October 30, 2020.
  • Submit articles to katherine.duskin@associates.fema.dhs.gov


  • Ensure articles are 2-4 paragraphs in length and contain all necessary links to resources.
  • Please include a picture and a brief caption with your article submission, if possible.

Remember, to receive this publication you must be registered for the Collaboration Center, which you can do at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTPCollabCenterAccess.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Katie Duskin, at katherine.duskin@associates.fema.dhs.gov.

Best regards,

CTP PM Program Support Team

Resilient Nation Partnership Network “Alliances for Equity 2020 Virtual Forum” – Each Wednesday in October 2020

Click here to view Resilient Nation Partnership Network Alliances for Equity 2020 Virtual Forum as a PDF.

Hello CTP Community of Practice:

Registration is now open for the Resilient Nation Partnership Network “Alliances for Equity” 2020 Virtual Forum! The month-long series is being hosted in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with dialogues being hosted every Wednesday in October from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST:

  • Wednesday, October 7 – “Let’s Talk Equity”
  • Wednesday, October 14 – “Prioritizing Equity”
  • Wednesday, October 21 – “Planning for an Equitable Future”
  • Wednesday, October 28 – “Building a Foundation for Action”

Join us as we discuss current efforts to adopt equitable practices across the field of resilience. Diverse, cross-sector voices will help drive important conversations on prioritizing and planning for equity in resilience and building actionable steps toward much-needed change. Conversations will be led by the following individuals and organizations:

  • Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc. (Keynote Speaker)
  • AARP
  • Center for American Progress
  • Climate Finance Advisors
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • International Code Council
  • Institute for Building Technology and Safety
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM)
  • King County, WA
  • National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
  • National League of Cities
  • National Low-Income Housing Coalition
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Passamaquoddy Tribal Government
  • Quantified Ventures
  • Small Business Administration
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • The William Averette Anderson Fund
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • And more

Secure your spot and register today! Please visit the event website for more information on the schedule, agenda, and speakers, or email FEMA-ResilientNation@fema.dhs.gov.

Thank you,

CTP PM Support Team

Firewise USA® Webinar – October 7, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT

Click here to view “Becoming wildfire ready with Firewise USA®: Tips, Tools and Techniques” as a PDF.

Webinar: becoming wildfire ready with Firewise USA®

Blog Post created by megan.fitzgerald-mcgowan on Sep 30, 2020

When looking at wildfire preparedness, it is important to remember that everyone has a role to play, including residents.  More and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk, but that risk doesn’t have to go unchecked.  There are proactive steps that individuals and neighbors can take to help protect their homes and communities and improve their safety when faced with a wildfire.

Join us Wednesday, October 7th at 4 p.m. EDT as NFPA’s wildfire safety team discusses the Firewise USA program and resources to help you and your neighbors on your wildfire preparedness journey.  We’ll walk step by step through the process of organizing a Firewise USA site, using our online portal and web resources to help you learn about wildfire and take action to make homes more ignition-resistant.

If you’re already part of one of the more than 1,700 Firewise USA sites around the nation, we’ll show you how to update your information for 2020 and point out where to find new and helpful resources to educate and motivate your neighbors. Remember, annual renewal applications are due by November 20, 2020.

Register today for Becoming Wildfire Ready with Firewise USA: Tips, Tools and Techniques and share the event with your friends and neighbors.  Just in case you aren’t able to join us live, the event will be recorded and available on our website at a later date.

Sign up for NFPA Network to stay up to date with the latest news and information on key wildfire issues. You can also follow me on twitter @meganfitz34 more wildfire-related topics.

As we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our webpage.


Job Opening: Section Chief / Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is recruiting for a Section Chief / Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer.  Please share this outstanding leadership opportunity with your networks and partners.

General Description

The Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer (DSHMO) is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Hazard Mitigation Unit including statewide comprehensive hazard mitigation planning, grants management, and other related tasks. Primary duties include maintaining the Texas Hazard Mitigation Program, planning and coordinating post disaster mitigation activities between Federal, State, and local governments and non-governmental entities, providing technical assistance to local governments and partners in developing/updating hazard mitigation plans and projects, and assisting in the development of hazard mitigation training.

The DSHMO directly supervises a headquarters-based team that coordinates program-wide activities including coordination with a variety of agencies.  In addition, the DSHMO provides hazard mitigation specific direction to regional hazard mitigation grant and planning staff including strategic and programmatic oversight and staff training in collaboration with their assigned regional unit chiefs and assistant chiefs.

Key priority projects include effectively and efficiently managing available grant funds, coordinating the development and implementation of a FEMA Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan, participating in a variety of multi-agency collaborative projects, and increasing the sophistication of the hazard mitigation program in order to better reduce risk in Texas.

This position reports to the assigned division chief.

Minimum Qualifications

Education – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in emergency management, business administration, planning, engineering, or other related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience – Ten (10) years’ work experience in metropolitan or state sector organizations, military organizations or large-scale industrial organizations, of which four (4) or more years must be progressively responsible experience in hazard mitigation programs including FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs.   Three (3) years or more of supervisory or program management experience.  Experience may have occurred concurrently.

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Master’s degree

·       Experience as a deputy or state hazard mitigation officer as described in 44 CFR 206.433.

·       Certification as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFM), and/or other professional credentials directly related to hazard mitigation.

·       Six Sigma, LEAN Six Sigma, or equivalent training.

·       Experience in working with FEMA’s National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS) and FEMA GO.

View the Job Posting at the Link Below:

Information about the Texas Division of Emergency Management