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Discount available on the ABA Community Resilience Handbook!

Hello Everyone!

Right now the ABA Resilience Handbook is available at a 25% discount to all who purchase.

Here is the code good until 12/31/20:


To purchase, visit: https://www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/401320324/

A Message from Ed Thomas,
President Emeritus, NHMA:

HI! I am writing to you as friends, associates and National leaders in Disaster Risk Reduction.

After multiple years of discussion, struggle and hard work, the American Bar Association has recently published The Community Resilience Handbook. I am truly honored to have played a role in bringing this book into the marketplace of ideas.

The Community Resilience Handbook” is a guide for lawyers, municipal officials, and other stakeholders seeking to build and strengthen resilient communities.

It presents theoretical frameworks and practical tools to help communities better withstand and more quickly recover from the disruptive events so often wrongfully describes as “Natural Disasters.”

Attached is general  information on this splendid, Handbook. This book provides some community practitioner based insight to what our nation needs to do to break the mounting toll of misery, despoliation and economic losses caused by human failure to properly design, construct maintain and develop buildings, infrastructure so as to withstand foreseeable natural events.

I hope that you will read and promote the reading of this compendium of practical ideas and concepts which can be used to promote the transformational changes our society must make to reduce disaster losses and “Bounce Forward” to a safer much more just and fair Nation.

For those of you who wish to review the book, Francine Bennett from ABA may be able to provide a no-cost electronic version for book reviewers. If you are interested, please contact her at:



Edward Thomas
President Emeritus
Natural Hazard Mitigation Association

December 2020 CTP Collaboration Monthly Call for Content (due 12-31-20)

Click here to view December 2020 CTP Call for Content as a PDF.

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 January CTP Collaboration Monthly, to be distributed on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Articles are due no later than Thursday, December 31, 2020 (we recommend submitting before the New Year’s holiday). 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 December 31, 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

FEMA Region 3 presents The 2015/2018 I-Code Flood Provisions and National Flood Insurance Program

FEMA Region 3 is pleased to present The 2015/2018 I-Code Flood Provisions and the National Flood Insurance Program!

The two hour course will cover changes from the 2015 to the 2018 I-Codes in relation to the NFIP and review the NFIP provisions in the 2015 I-Codes.  This brief course will offer continuing educations credits with the attendee submitting the documentation to the credentialing entity.  Floodplain Administrators, Code Professionals, Planners, Elected Officials, and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

Please inform your interested community professionals, elected officials, and citizens about this free course.  Each session is limited to 250 participants.

There will be four offerings:

December 3rd, 10-12 AM

December 8th, 10-12 AM

December 17th, 8-10 AM

December 21st, 2-4 PM

Please register on Eventbrite for your selected date for the Building Code training session:


If you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Charles Baker

R3 Floodplain Management & Building Science POC


Federal Emergency Management Agency


Expanding Mitigation Partnerships Webinar: Promoting Resilient and Equitable Communities – 12/2/20 @ 1:30 p.m. EST

Click here to view Expanding Mitigation Partnerships Webinar (12-2-20) as a PDF.

Expanding Mitigation Partnerships, Promoting Resilient and Equitable Communities

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Register Today

Hazard mitigation seeks to increase the resiliency of communities by designing and deploying long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future. Risk reduction projects can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.  In an era where the Nation is facing unprecedented risk from natural hazards, pandemics and economic disruption — it is essential for mitigation to elevate equity and community participation, while also addressing other community needs like public health, municipal funding and housing.

In this session we will introduce the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Guides to Expanding Mitigation, produced to highlight innovative and emerging partnerships for mitigation that can be achieved at the local, state and federal level and can be used to support new programs like BRIC. The guides show how communities can implement hazard mitigation projects and planning by engaging other sectors; supporting FEMA’s goal of building a culture of preparedness, as part of the agency’s strategic plan and are strategic tools for community risk reduction and mitigation planning.

We will be joined by leadership from FEMA, HUD (Pending) and Enterprise Community Partners to discuss strategic program and funding opportunities to promote equitable and resilient communities across the nation.


  • Angela Gladwell, Director, Hazard Mitigation Assistance/Mitigation Directorate,
    Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration/Resilience
  • Jennifer Carpenter, Assistant Director of Policy for the Disaster Recovery & Special Issues Division, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Marion McFadden, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Senior Advisor, Resilience
  • Laurie Schoeman, National Director, Resilience and Disaster Recovery
  • Kelly Pflicke, Resiliency Specialist, FEMA Region 2


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A Message from Erin Capps, President, NHMA

Please Remember NHMA on

This year #GivingTuesday happens on
December 1, 2020

A Message from Erin Capps, President, NHMA:

Now that the Black Friday frenzy is over, and CyberMonday’s online deals are expiring, it’s time for #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. This year, it happens on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association needs your help. Please join us in supporting the NHMA goal of reducing disaster misery through local action.

The best form of disaster Relief is no disaster relief, because a foreseeable natural process of this planet did not result in human suffering, damage to people and the environment and vast waste of resources. NHMA seeks to inspire, educate and inform about safer development and redevelopment so that harm from natural disasters are prevented; or at least do not reoccur. To engage in this effort, we need resources in addition to our volunteer donated time and effort. This effort, Disaster Risk Reduction, cuts across all political fear and hatred; it unites us in a common cause.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our 501 c 3 Educational Charity to assist us in spreading a non-political message of Disaster Risk Reduction, based on good sound community development decision making, including better and safer building codes, improved zoning and a Whole Community approach to development and redevelopment that fosters a better, more just and fair future.

How to Help NHMA on #GivingTuesday

Start a giving circle with your friends and family! Learn more about nonprofits and the social sector with these resources:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jsPmJsrJWMrMfydP_PiKIjCmYZa7snZJwKJ2EYriGsU/edit

Make a donation to Natural Hazard Mitigation through our website at http://nhma.info/click the “Donate” Button at the top right on our website to donate via PayPal – or you can download the form to Support NHMA by Check.

Your efforts to support NHMA make a valuable difference. Thank you all very much for your continued support of the National Hazard Mitigation Association.


Erin Capps,

P.S.: You can also help NHMA through Amazon Prime Day. On Amazon Prime Day – and Every day – you can turn your spending into dollars raised for NHMA!

When you shop at Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon donates a tiny percentage of each purchase you make to charity. It is a great way to help NHMA throughout the year.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit: smile.amazon.com;
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials –  OR Click the link below:
  1. Start shopping!
  2. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile!

Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) continuously works to promote risk reduction and reduce the consequences of natural events, especially among the most vulnerable populations in our communities. Your continued support makes our work possible.

Thank you for remembering NHMA in your charitable giving this year and every year!


“Agricultural Resilience, the Many Roles of Lawyers” – Chapter by John D. Wiener and Gretchen F. Sassenrath – excerpted from The Community Resilience Handbook, American Bar Association, 2020

Click here to view “Agricultural Resilience, the Many Roles of Lawyers” – Chapter by John D. Wiener and Gretchen F. Sassenrath – excerpted from The Community Resilience Handbook, American Bar Association, 2020, as a PDF.

This chapter outlines a wide variety of ways in which improved legal support can help with changes in U.S. agricultural organization of production and environmental management can move agriculture significantly closer to sustainability and to economic and family resilience.  The essential changes relate to soil health and water quality improvement and to changing from competition to collaboration.  For example, crop rotation is very widely recognized as desirable, but so far it has been almost entirely promoted and practiced within farms – but it should be used across groups of farms.  Irrigation ditches in the West are natural groups, but elsewhere, there are shared drainage facilities and other spatial groupings.  Conditions are quite relevant, such shared water sources and downstream conditions.  Rotations of the very expensive implements particular to particular crops can bring smaller farms the economies of scale that industrial farming enjoys, for the long-term benefit of the farmers as well as those subjected to their externalities.  In many years of the authors’ experiences, developing collaboration has often been noted to be difficult, but less difficult than losing the farm.  This chapter uses the “Three S” framework of farmers’ goals:  survival, stewardship and succession.


Extreme Event Facilitator Certification Program coming in December 2020

Click here to view Extreme Event Facilitator Certification Program as a PDF.

Extreme Event Facilitator Certification Program
Coming in December!

We know that due to COVID-19, preparedness and resilience has taken a unique spotlight within our communities and our classrooms. Our resources are stretched,
and we need new, creative ways to empower students and members of our community with the skills they need to be champions in the face of emergencies and disasters.

LabX’s Extreme Event Game was developed to help engage community members, students, and organizations in a fun and cooperative learning environment to build the knowledge and skills necessary to be resilience champions.

Starting on December 8th, you’ll have the opportunity to level up your classroom, organization, and community’s approach to resilience through their Extreme Event Facilitator Certification Program. Join a network of emergency management practitioners and educators around the country, and build the skills needed to make preparedness fun.

To learn more about the program and be the first to know when registration opens, visit the LabX website.

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