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Free Webinar 6-12-19: FEMA P-50 and FEMA P-50-1, Simplified Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Guidelines for Detached, Single-Family, Wood-Frame Dwellings 1

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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USACE/Silver Jacket 2019 Spring issue of the BUZZ

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A MESSAGE FROM Jennifer Dunn, National Silver Jackets Program Manager:


Attached for your information and enjoyment is the 2019 Spring issue of the BUZZ, the Silver Jackets newsletter. Please read, use, and share with colleagues in flood risk management and related fields.

This issue presents an assortment of articles from different agencies and states on projects and topics that may be of interest to flood risk managers throughout the nation. A theme that runs through this issue is that of innovation, from the creation of the first territorial Silver Jackets team, to the use of virtual reality simulations for flood risk management education, to cutting-edge coastal research applications, to creative approaches for pulling together the efforts of many agencies in order to rebuild social and environmental resilience in a Tribal community beset by multiple hazards.  The issue presents five news articles plus two new recurring features:

*             Guam Establishes Nation’s First Territorial Silver Jackets Team
*             IMMERSED: A Flood Mitigation Virtual Reality Experience
*             Applying Cutting-Edge Research through the U.S. Coastal Research Program
*             Fighting Floods after Fire: Restoring the Watershed and Resilience of Santa Clara Pueblo
*             The Muddy River: Where Vitality Meets Flood Risk
*             Round the National Silver Jackets Table
*             Teaming Tip: Five Dynamics vs. Five Dysfunctions of Teams

“Round the National Silver Jackets Table” is a recurring feature that began last issue, and presents news from agencies participating in the National Silver Jackets Team.  Also in the last issue we published a brief “Teaming Tip”; this issue expands that nugget into a full article, complete with practical tips for actions to facilitate the teaming process and strengthen the relationships and productivity of existing teams. Upcoming issues will follow up with additional teaming tips and suggestions.

We are already gathering articles and content suggestions for our Summer and Fall issues.  We are looking for interesting case studies that include practical lessons learned, profiles of communities and watersheds and their unique flood risk management challenges, and features about useful tools and techniques, as well as more strategic “think pieces” that address broader themes and challenges of flood risk management but still provide concrete examples and actionable information.

If you have an idea for a BUZZ piece that could be useful and interesting for Silver Jackets team members, partners and colleagues, please send your ideas to our new editor, Tyson Vaughan, at Earl.T.Vaughan@usace.army.mil. In addition, please send him information about upcoming events including webinars, courses and conventions of interest to floodplain managers and the broader flood risk management community. The suspense date for article drafts for the Summer issue is July 3.

Jennifer Dunn
National Silver Jackets Program Manager

Bret Holt issues Announcement about FEMA’s Release of Podcast #38

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Brett Holt issued an announcement about FEMA’s release of Podcast #38:


A Message from Brett Holt, FEMA

—–Original Message—–

FROM: Holt, Brett <Brett.Holt@fema.dhs.gov>
DATE: Wed 5/22/2019 3:04 PM

Good afternoon –

We’re excited about today’s podcast highlighting the work of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. This is an engaging, inclusive network making advances in peer-to-peer learning that support the private sector, local government, tribes, states, schools, and the general public. We know that we can’t do this alone so let’s reach out to a friend or an acquaintance to find support and share lessons. Take a listen and share with all who would be interested!

Brett Holt
Stakeholder Relations at FEMA Region 10
Office of External Affairs

Private Sector · Associations · Academia · International Affairs · Limited English Proficiency

** You are receiving this message as you have been identified as a valuable external stakeholder by myself. If you do not wish to receive such updates in the future, please let me know.**


FEMA releases Podcast #38:
“Advancing Wildfire Resilience through the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network”
May 22, 2019

BOTHELL, Wash. – Today, FEMA released the podcast “Advancing Wildfire Resilience through the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.” Since 2013, the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) has connected and supported people and communities who are striving to live more safely with wildfire. FAC Net serves as a catalyst for spreading best practices and innovations in fire adaptation concepts nationwide.

FEMA Region 10 visited Ashland, Oregon, in April, interviewing members of FAC Net during its annual workshop. Michelle Medley-Daniel with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Allie Lerch and Chris Chambers with Ashland Fire & Rescue, and Hilary Lundgren with the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network shared perspectives and experiences on successes, tools and growth of the network from eight to 24 communities.

Download this episode of the FEMA podcast at www.fema.gov/podcast. The FEMA podcast is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play to stream or download.

About the FEMA Podcast

The FEMA podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.

Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, new podcast episodes are updated weekly and each episode includes a link to its transcript.


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


United Nations Environment Program Report: Green infrastructure nature’s best defence against disasters

Green infrastructure nature’s best defence against disasters


from UN Environment Programme

Published on 17 May 2019View Original

  • Member States and the private sector should increase investments in ecosystem restoration and protection, particularly water-related ecosystems, to reduce the disaster risk and impacts of climate change.
  • Ecosystems play a vital role in reducing the impacts of natural hazards and climate change and ecosystem-based approaches should be an integral part of disaster preparedness, emergency response, post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
  • The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May 2019 is the world’s foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building resilience.

17 May 2019 – UN Member States today called for increased investments in ecosystem-based solutions for disaster prevention. Healthy ecosystems play a crucial role in preventing environmental disasters and mitigate climate change as well as reducing their harmful impacts.

Extreme weather patterns such as prolonged drought, flash floods and cyclones ­contribute to food insecurity, instability and migration. The latest devastating cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit Mozambique last spring, are cases in point. According to the UN Development Programme, “more than 100 million people could fall back into extreme poverty due to climate change [by 2030], while over 200 million people could be displaced due to more frequent and severe climatic disasters.”

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May 2019 is the world’s foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building resilience. It provides a platform for Member States to share knowledge and report on the implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted in 2015.

UN Environment is a co-founder of the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, a global alliance of 24 organizations that promotes ecosystem-based solutions to disaster risk reduction. The alliance calls for increased investments in ecosystem restoration and protection, with particular attention to lakes, swamps and peatlands to reduce the impacts of water-related disasters.

“Water is life, but water can also be a threat to life,” said Dr. Han Seung-Soo, former Prime Minister of South Korea, during his keynote speech. Water-related disasters account for almost 90 per cent of the 1,000 most disastrous events that have taken place since 1990.

As part of the Global Platform, UN Environment and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction co-organized a high-level working session on integrating risk management of ecosystems and water-related risks, where participants identified key areas for substantial policy improvements and investments. UN Environment also launched Opportunity Mapping, a geospatial tool that helps Member States identify areas where large-scale ecosystem restoration and protection initiatives could take place. The tool also helps with reporting on green infrastructure, in compliance with international agreements such as the Sendai Monitor.

Another session focused on the role of green, blue and grey infrastructure in reducing disaster risk. A concrete measure put forward by the global disaster risk reduction community is the investment in resilient infrastructure, including meadows and forests (green infrastructure), and lakes, swamps and peatlands (blue infrastructure), which can be combined with dykes and seawalls (grey infrastructure) for cost-effectiveness and greater protection.

“Seventy per cent of the world we imagine in 2050 is yet to be built. We have a tremendous opportunity to build infrastructure that goes hand in hand with protecting nature. When we achieve this balance, we will reduce the risk of disasters and increase the resilience of communities,” said Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UN Environment.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “integrated coastal zone management should recognize the importance and economic expediency of using natural ecosystems such as mangroves and tropical coral reefs to protect coastal human communities.” Time and again, these natural buffer zones have proved invaluable to reduce the impacts of rising seas and intensifying storms.

Driving finance to ecosystem restoration and conservation is another important, much-needed pathway to reduce disaster risk. Innovative financial instruments for climate and disaster risk reduction are one of this year’s key topics at the Global Platform. Through its Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative, UN Environment has been promoting innovative insurance schemes such as the Restoration Insurance Service Company for Coastal Risk Reduction, a social enterprise that finances the restoration and conservation of mangrove habitats in vulnerable coastal areas in the Philippines.

A central element of the Sendai Framework is precisely the emphasis on addressing the underlying causes of disaster risk and preventing new risks, in addition to investing in disaster preparedness. The Sendai Framework – a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement – gives governments the leading role in reducing disaster risk, a responsibility they share with other stakeholders such as local authorities and the private sector. Launched in early 2018, the Sendai Monitor helps Member States to report on their progress in achieving the global targets of the Sendai Framework.

UN Environment encourages Members States to recognize green and blue infrastructure as critical infrastructure, by enhancing national reporting in economic loss (Sendai Monitor target C) and critical infrastructure and services (target D).

About UN Environment

UN Environment is the leading global voice on the global environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UN Environment works with governments, the private sector, the civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations across the world.