NHMA has added the following NFRMP Community Resource Materials to its Resources Page

The following FEMA resources have been added to the NHMA Mitigation in Disaster Recovery Resources Page:


1)  Adapting Risk Communications to Create Equitable Mitigation Strategies – Guidehouse (FEMA Contractor) – Recorded video of their ASFPM presentation. Provides case studies for effective communications and partnership strategies for reaching socially, politically, and economically vulnerable communities. This presentation challenges stakeholders to view communications as a key ingredient to decreasing a person or community’s vulnerability before, during, and after a disaster. View video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttGS3ANJupk

2) Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience –  This resource is the result of collaboration by 26 partners in the fields of equity and resilience. Through it, FEMA seeks to inspire the whole community to make equitable and resilient practices part of their day-to-day activities. Readers will find guidance, perspectives, personal stories, resources and more. While it is a first step in a long journey, FEMA aims to increase awareness, commitments, and action to make equitable resilience possible for all.  Download here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_rnpn_building-alliances-for-equitable-resilience.pdf

3) NOAA Updates US Climate Normals for the 1991 – 2020 period Every 10 years, NOAA releases an analysis of U.S. weather of the past three decades that calculates average values for temperature, rainfall and other conditions.

 Known as the U.S. Climate Normals, these 30-year averages — now spanning 1991-2020 — represent the new “normals” of our changing climate. They are calculated using climate observations collected at local weather stations across the country and are corrected for bad or missing values and any changes to the weather station over time before becoming part of the climate record.  Data available here: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/products/us-climate-normals

SWC New Highlight: DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action Webinar Series

Comments by Dr. John Wiener, NHMA Board member:

There was nearly ubiquitous frustration with limits and delays in Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance at the Natural Hazards Center’s 46th Annual Workshop and subsequent Practitioners’ Workshop held by the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association.

One frequent response in many of the panel discussions and audience participation was to work on getting better at using different supports for different pieces of the puzzle of improved use and management of the environment. Another was the need to get people out of their “silos” – a narrow focus and significant expertise on a single aspect or issue.

The Source Water Alert on Drinking Water Training looks to a water provider to protect water quality and keep some control over the costs of drinking water treatment. The sad story of Des Moines, Iowa facing huge costs to treat agricultural pollution in its drinking water sources is an illustration of the failure to consider all the parts and pieces of water flow; and the excess nitrogen and phosphorus introduced by agriculture and industry degrades water all the way down into the Gulf of Mexico.

The protection of drinking water sources looks to a coastal Gulf community as a goal for managing that pollution and the costs imposed – or silently borne — on downstream water users and environmental quality.

To a person focused on flood mitigation, protecting drinking water sources looks like reduction of the speed of runoff, water detention, and erosion control. As the explosion in wildfire is proving, flood hazards are intimately linked to forest and grassland conditions.

The link in the announcement below did not work for me, but this did:

https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/drinking-water-training

There are webinars on small systems, and resilience training for drinking and waste water utilities.

There are webinars on small systems, and resilience training for drinking and waste water utilities.

Getting benefits from information like this does not require having or seeking a credential. And materials from information like this may also be very useful for informing Tribal/National, State and Local governments, as well as federal employees who may be siloed or at the bottom of a deep trench.

NHMA has successfully submitted its comments to FEMA on 86 FR 21325

NHMA comments on 86 FR 21325 have been publicly posted

NHMA has successfully submitted its comments to FEMA on 86 FR 21325-FEMA Equity RFI. Many thanks to all our members to who contributed to this important submission.


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Agency: FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)
Document Type: Notice
Title: Request for Information on FEMA Programs, Regulations, and Policies
Document ID: FEMA-2021-0011-0001

Comment:
The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association is grateful for the opportunity to submit comments and feedback on behalf of its members. The attached comments reflect feedback from the NHMA board and members across the United States. We have also attached our recent White paper on potential solutions towards access to FEMA Grants by improving the BCA tool and policy, which has been coordinated with FEMA HQ staff. We very much look forward to participating in discussions towards improving the equitable distribution of Federal disaster mitigation assistance to underserved Communities.

Uploaded File(s):
NHMA FEMA RFI Comment Summary (003).docx
BCA White Paper NHMA Final RFI.docx

ASTM Webinar: August 11, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m.: Flood Mitigation and the Role of Standards

ASTM is hosting a free webinar on Flood Mitigation and the Role of Standards on Wednesday, August 11th at 10AM ET. To register for the webinar, go here.

“ASTM International is teaming up with the Flood Mitigation Industry Association (FMIA) on this webinar to explore flood mitigation efforts in light of climate change, deliver an overview of flood mitigation products and testing, and provide a manufacturer’s perspective of these products.”

NAI Lunch & Learn webinar: Wednesday August 4, 2021 @ 12-1:00pm EST – Legal, Moral and Equitable Basis for “No Adverse Impact” Floodplain Management

Invitation to NAI Lunch & Learn webinar

Host: Michael Baker International, Inc.

Presenter:  Edward A. Thomas, Esq., NHMA

Date and Time: Wednesday August 4, 2021 @ 12-1:00pm EST


The Georgia Association of Floodplain Management (GAFM) No Adverse Impact (NAI) Committee, in conjunction with the ASFPM NAI Committee, is pleased to announce our next Webinar:

  • Topic: The Strong Legal, Moral and Equitable Basis for “No Adverse Impact” Floodplain Management and other higher standards of Community Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Host: Michael Baker International, Inc.
  • Presenter:  Edward A. Thomas, Esq., NHMA
  • Date and Time: Wednesday August 4, 2021 from 12-1:00pm EST

*ASFPM has approved this webinar for (1) Continuing Education Credit (CEC)

**Note you must register in advance and attend the entire presentation to receive CEC credit.

Agenda:

  1. Introductions and Roll Call (5 min)
  2. Webinar – Presentation (40 min)
  3. Question and Answer (10 min)
  4. Closing – Future Topics/Presenters (5 min)

Thank you and we look forward to your participation. 

Sean Roche, PE, CFM, PMP
GAFM NAI Committee Chairman
ASFPM NAI Committee Education & Outreach Liaison

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Go to https://mbakermeet.webex.com/mbakermeet/k2/j.php?MTID=t38bc5637146444dabbb7a37d26e7ae8d and register.

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
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July 2021 RMD News Flash Solicitation (submissions due July 27, 2021)

Risk Management Directorate Staff/Colleagues/Partners –

On behalf of Vince Brown, this email serves as a request for articles to include in the July RMD National News Flash, to be published on Tuesday July 27th, 2021. 

As a reminder, due to growing interest in our monthly News Flash and a desire to share and repurpose content for external audiences, the News Flash is now subject to External Affairs concurrence.

Please provide any topics and program updates that you wish to share with the broader Risk Management audience, and please follow the guidelines below for article submission. Additionally, if you know of any upcoming events you wish to be highlighted, please include them. For example, we would love to feature RMD accomplishments, achievements, best practices, and lessons learned as they relate to: Summer Extreme Heat Preparedness and Safety, and Back to School – Children & Youth Preparedness in August.

For the News Flash, deadlines and requirements are as follows:

Deadlines

  • Please submit articles and/or event information for the July News Flash no later than Monday July 12th, 2021.
    • Note that, due to a significant increase in monthly submissions, articles sent after the July 12th deadline may be added to next month’s queue.
  • Articles can be submitted to Vincent Brown (Vincent.brown@fema.dhs.gov) and copying Madison Ryon (mryon@hwcinc.com) with the subject line July RMD News Flash_[Article Title]_[RMD or FIMA Branch].

Requirements  

  • Please ensure your articles are 2-3 paragraphs in length, focused on key takeaways or “soundbites,” and contain all necessary links to additional content or resources as needed.
  • Please include a creative title to capture the attention of readers.
  • Please include the author’s name and email address.
  • Please include a picture as a separate jpg/png and a brief caption with your article submission as needed. Please try and identify any people in the photo for the caption.
  • Please ensure that all definable acronyms are spelled out at first use.
  • Please be aware that due to the current number of articles the News Flash receives your article may be published in the next issue. If this happens, you will be notified by a member of the News Flash team.

Managing Communications

To add, remove, or update email addresses or to receive communications related to the News Flash, including topic solicitation emails, please contact Vincent Brown (Vincent.brown@fema.dhs.gov) copying Madison Ryon (mryon@hwcinc.com). If you are receiving this email, you are already on this distribution list. 

  • To manage your e-mail subscription to the RMD National News Flash, including being added to the distribution list, please visit the GovDelivery site here.

Best regards,
– Vincent Brown

Vincent J. Brown
Senior Program Specialist | Data & Communications Branch
Risk Management Directorate | Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration |Resilience
C: (202) 365-5338 | O: (202) 646-2725
vincent.brown@fema.dhs.gov