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Registration Now Open! FEMA Planning Information Exchange Webinar 8-15-19

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Planning Information Exchange Webinar

Free Planning Webinar to Focus on Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards

Free Planning Webinar to Focus on Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards
FEMA continues to partner with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free quarterly webinar series to share challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The purpose of the webinar series is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and the exchange of information among a national and international audience.

The Planning Information Exchange (PIE) focuses on multi-hazard mitigation planning, and it also emphasizes the connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM are co-conveners of all webinars and select topics and presenters. Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM.

The next webinar will be August 15, 2019 at 2:00PM ET on Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards with Dr. Cody Knutson, Research Professor and Drought Planning Coordinator at the National Drought Mitigation Center, and Jeff Brislawn, CFM, hazard mitigation and emergency management consultant with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. Participants will learn about:

• Specific challenges and opportunities in planning for drought and cascading natural hazards
• Practical approaches to assessing local and regional drought vulnerability
• Methods for integrating drought and drought-related impacts into multi-hazard mitigation planning
• Resources and tools that can help planners and floodplain managers plan for drought in a multi-hazards context.

To register for this PIE, or to view recordings of prior webinars, visit the APA website.

For more information on Mitigation Planning, visit: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning


Disaster Recovery Webinar by Baker Donelson 8-20-19

For Details and Registration Information: click here to see the DISASTER RECOVERY WEBINAR 8-20-19 announcement in full PDF.


Baker Donelson

Guidance on New FEMA Appeals Process and Arbitration Rules 

Join attorneys from the Baker Donelson Disaster Recovery and Government Services Group as they discuss the available options to resolve disputes that arise under FEMA’s Public Assistance or Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs. The speakers will provide an overview of the FEMA administrative appeal process, including recent changes, and a detailed review of the new Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) arbitration process now available for qualifying disputes related to any major disaster event declared January 1, 2016 and forward. The speakers will also provide best practices to support efficient and effective resolution of issues based on their experience with both processes, and address recent appeal and arbitration decisions and the lessons learned from those actions. The session will close with a brief summary of other current cases and legislative and other actions that may impact an applicant’s evaluation of the available dispute resolution options.

Who should attend?
This program is designed for representatives of entities that are eligible to receive FEMA Public Assistance or Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding:

  • Public entities, including local and state governments, public hospitals and public school districts; and
  • Private non-profit entities that provide either governmental type or essential social services, including utilities, hospitals, custodial care facilities, community centers and private educational facilities.

We especially encourage in-house counsel for these entities to attend to learn more about their role in the new arbitration process.

Tuesday, August 20
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Also available on-demand for all registrants.

Presented by Baker Donelson attorneys

Wendy Huff EllardDanielle M. Aymond, and Ernest B. Abbott

Register early for a guaranteed spot. Space is limited for this event.

We invite you to learn more about our Disaster Recovery Team

FEMA’s BCA 6.0 Release

From: Seibold, Tara <tara.seibold@fema.dhs.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:21:06 AM
Subject: BCA 6.0 release

Please share this email with any of your state, tribal, territorial and local hazard mitigation stakeholders!

We are pleased to announce that the new version of FEMA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Toolkit, Version 6.0, is now available to the public and may be used for project applications. Version 6.0 features an improved user experience and 80% reduction in data inputs compared to the previous version. Please also see the Release Notes for important information.

To utilize Version 6.0, open the attached Excel file (also available at this link) and install the Microsoft Excel Add-in by following the directions below:

  1. With Microsoft Excel open, go to the Insert tab, in the Add-ins section, click on My Add-ins.
  2. Select the Store option and search for FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis Calculator. Click Add.
  3. You should now see the FEMA BCA V6.0 icon in the upper righthand ribbon bar.
  4. To launch the Toolkit, click on the FEMA BCA V6.0 button. A sidebar will open.
  5. Click Open Calculator to begin your BCA.
  6. The add-in window will open and take you to the Home screen. From here you can start a new project by clicking Add Project.
  7. To save your work, click “Finish” on the second screen, close the add-in window, and save the Excel file, renaming it if desired.

If users need additional assistance with installing the Excel Add-in for the Benefit Cost Analysis Calculator, Microsoft provides detailed step-by-step directions at the following link.  If a user does not have Microsoft Excel installed, they can use Microsoft Excel online for free and will still be able to install the add-in.

Version 5.3 of the BCA toolkit can still be used but will no longer be updated or supported.  We highly recommend the transition to the new version by the end of the year as version 5.3 will be phased out over the next several months.

For assistance installing or using the BCA Toolkit, please contact the BCA Helpline at bchelpline@fema.dhs.gov or 1-855-540-6744. For more information about FEMA’s BCA program, see www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis.

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ELSEVIER Journal / Geoforum: Racial coastal formation – environmental justice & NAACP Publication: In The EYE of THE STORM (Action Kit)

Click here to view Racial coastal formation: The environmental injustice of colorblind adaptation planning for sea-level rise as a PDF.

By R. Dean Hardya, Richard A. Milliganb, Nik Heynena

Click here to view In the Eye of the Storm: A People’s Guide to Transforming Crisis & Advancing Equity in the Disaster Continuum ACTION TOOLKIT as a PDF.

By NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program

APA Climate Action Planning Webinar – A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities: 8-7-19

Click here to view Announcement for APA Climate Action Planning Webinar – A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities in PDF.

The American Planning Association, National Capital Area Chapter has approved 1 1/2 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits for attending the webinar.

Please forward this alert to your APA colleagues.

Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway and receive an email when the video is posted.

Climate Action Planning

Creating Low Carbon Resilient Communities

August 7, 2019

1:15 to 2:45 PM EDT