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FEMA Announces Release of 3-D Roof Snowdrifts Design

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FEMA Building Science releases new Three-Dimensional Roof Snowdrifts Design Guide

Following a series of heavy snow and wind events in February of 2015, a FEMA team assessed four partial school building collapses in the Greater Boston area. In all four cases, the partial collapses were due to roof snowdrift loading.

When following the current ASCE 7 minimum load requirements for three-dimensional snow drifts, the FEMA team observed and documented that in two cases 3-D drifts cannot be determined.  In this new design guide, FEMA provides guidance for determining 3-D roof snowdrift loads through design examples.   The procedures identified are consistent with the intersecting drift provisions expected in the 2022 edition of ASCE 7. In the interim until the published revisions, these provisions are intended to serve as best practice guidance for design professionals.

The Three-Dimensional Roof Snowdrifts Design Guide is available here.

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To learn more about FEMA’s Building Science Branch, visit our website.

NDRC2019 Early Bird Discount Extended! New Registration Deadline: 9/20/19

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NDRC19 – Early Bird Discount Extended!

New Registration Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

NDR 2019 Conference: November 20-22, 2019, Clearwater, FL

Due to Hurricane Dorian, we will be extending the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Conference early bird registration deadline to Friday, September 20.

With the 2019 agenda now available, it’s clear that participants will walk away from these thought-provoking presentations feeling more informed and inspired with new ideas and relationships.

As one past attendee noted, “It’s conferences like this, where you get everyone together to talk about a truly holistic approach to resilience.” – Arthur Parks, P&C Underwriting Director – State Farm.

By any measure, the National Disaster Resilience Conference is the industry’s premier annual event, bringing together the nation’s foremost voices in the disaster safety movement including design professionals, emergency managers, financial services experts, housing experts, insurers, journalists, meteorologists, product manufacturers, risk communicators, scientists, social psychologists, and many others.

This year’s lineup of NDRC presenters and panelists includes Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President & CEO – FLASH; Alejandro Contreras, Director, Preparedness, Communication and Coordination, Office of Disaster Assistance – U.S. Small Business Administration; Dr. Anne Cope, P.E., Chief Engineer – IBHS; Craig Fugate, Chief Emergency Management Officer – OneConcern, former FEMA Administrator, and FLASH Leadership Partner; Angela Gladwell, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Risk Management Directorate – FEMA; Brock Long, Executive Chairman – Hagerty Consulting & former FEMA Administrator; Dennis Ross, Director – American Center for Political Leadership, former U.S. Congressman, and FLASH Leadership Partner; Matthew Sitkowski, Executive Producer – The Weather Channel; Roy E. Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer – IBHS; and many more.

Dr. Rick Knabb, On-Air Hurricane Expert and Tropical Program Manager – The Weather Channel and FLASH Leadership Partner and John Zarrella – JZ Media and former CNN correspondent will take the helm as the masters of ceremony at the conference.

Click here to see the exciting list of panelists, speakers, and events scheduled for November 20-22 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this year’s NDRC. When you sponsor, you will join FLASH Legacy Partner and Titanium Sponsor International Code Council along with fellow Legacy Partners and Gold Sponsors BASF Corporation, Lowe’s, and USAA, Silver Sponsor ISO, Bronze Sponsors Assurant, Floodproofing.com, IBHS and Nudura, and General Sponsor Comfort Block to show your support for resiliency.

For more information, visit nationaldisasterresilienceconference.org.





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Third Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition – Deadline 10-15-19

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The editors of University of California Press’s Case Studies in the Environment (cse.ucpress.edu) are pleased to announce the Third Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition, offering a $2,000 prize for best environmental case study, as well as two $500 honorable mention prizes.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2019


Accepted, published articles will be further evaluated for their contribution to teaching environmental concepts to students or practitioners. This includes making the best use of the complement of learning support features that the journal provides, such as Case Study Questions, Teaching Notes, and Slides.

To be eligible for consideration for the prize, submitted pieces to the journal will have to clear our peer review process and be accepted for publication. After acceptance, the editors of each section will propose a selection of semi-finalist articles to the Editor-in-Chief, who will select the winning articles. Learn more about our editorial team.

All cases submitted after September 15, 2018 and by the deadline on October 15, 2019, and later accepted for publication (including those submitted prior to this announcement) will be eligible, except any cases written by members of the editorial team, editorial board, or their family members.

How to enter

To enter, follow our guidance for Article Cases as outlined in our Author Information. Manuscript templates are provided within the Author Information for your convenience. Be sure to submit your Article Case no later than September 15, 2018. Winners will be notified in spring 2018, or sooner if all eligible entries have reached final decision. All entries should be submitted via our online submission system. Questions can be directed to Liba Hladik, Managing Editor, at lhladik@ucpress.edu.

Related resources

The Case for Case Studies in Confronting Environmental Issues

Wil Burns, Editor-in-Chief, Case Studies in the Environment

Pursuing the Promise of Case Studies for Sustainability and Environmental Education: Converging Initiatives

Cynthia A. Wei, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Minna Brown, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Meghan Wagner, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan


2018 First Prize article:

Pluralizing Science for Inclusive Water Governance: An Engaged Ethnographic Approach to WaSH Data Collection in Delhi, India

Heather O’Leary, Departments of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Anthropology, University of South Florida (USA)


Professor O’Leary’s article is part of a special issue on Water Science and Collaboration. You can read more from the author in her related blog post, “Engaging Science for Inclusive Water Governance: A Q&A with environmental anthropologist Heather O’Leary.”


2018 Honorable Mention article:

The Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Regional Sustainability, and Hydraulic Fracturing: An Integrated Assessment of the Denver Region

Sonya Ahamed, Joshua Sperling, Gillian Galford, Jennie C. Stephens and Douglas Arent


2018 Honorable Mention article:

Using a Community Vote for Wind Energy Development Decision-Making in King Island, Tasmania

R.M. Colvin, G. Bradd Witt and Justine Lacey


2017 First Prize article:

Evaluating Community Engagement and Benefit-Sharing Practices in Australian Wind Farm Development

Nina Lansbury Hall, University of Queensland, Australia

Jarra Hicks, University of New South Wales, and Community Power Agency, Australia

Taryn Lane, Embark

Emily Wood, independent communications contractor


2017 Honorable Mention article:

Community-Based Watershed Restoration in He‘eia (He‘eia ahupua‘a), O‘ahu, Hawaiian Islands

Holly V. Campbell, Oregon State University

A.M. Campbell, Catalina Island Marine Institute


2017 Honorable Mention article:

Environmental Impact Assessments and Hydraulic Fracturing: Lessons from Two U.S. States

Miriam R. Aczel, Imperial College London

Karen E. Makuch, Imperial College London

About Case Studies in the Environment

Quality cases, comprehensive coverage of environmental issues

Case Studies in the Environment is a journal of peer-reviewed case study articles and case study pedagogy articles. The journal informs faculty, students, researchers, educators, professionals, and policymakers on case studies and best practices in the environmental sciences and studies.

Research grants may require that you “broaden the impact” of your work through innovation in teaching and training (e.g., develop curricular materials and pedagogical methods); contribute to the science of learning; and broaden engagement with your research to people outside your immediate field. Publishing in Case Studies in the Environment is a meaningful way of broadening the impact of your work.


To learn more about and/or join AESS, go to www.aessonline.org.

Free Webinar on Earthquakes and FEMA P-1000 – 9-12-19 @ 12:00 p.m.

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Free Webinar on Earthquakes and FEMA P-1000:
Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

Thursday, September 12, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Pacific
Registration Fee: Free
1,000 registrations (sites) maximum

To register, click here. (Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll send you a link to the recording!)

Purpose. This webinar will provide an overview of earthquake-specific information included in the guidebook FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. FEMA P-1000 aims to equip school safety advocates and stakeholders with the information, tools, and resources they need to promote safer schools in their communities, and the guidebook aims to empower and support decision-makers by providing actionable advice.

Background. Recent earthquakes in Alaska and California serve as stark reminders of the damage that these events can do. We also know that nearly all states in the U.S. experience moderate to major earthquake risk, with many regions being subject to potentially catastrophic impacts. In light of this risk, how can we ensure that our school buildings are safe and that our school leaders are prepared for these events? This free webinar will tackle these questions head on—acknowledging that in many parts of the U.S. and around the world, school buildings are highly vulnerable to significant damage or collapse in earthquakes. There are, however, many actionable steps we can take to prepare for and mitigate the most severe consequences of these events. This webinar will focus on the earthquake risks we face and what we can do about them to help ensure our schools are stronger and safer.

Intended Audience. The intended audience for this webinar includes K-12 school administrators, school emergency managers, school facilities managers, school board members, teachers, representatives of parent groups, and others interested in improving school natural hazard safety with a specific focus on earthquakes. Engineers and building professionals who are interested in communicating the importance of school natural hazard safety to decision-makers may also find this webinar useful.

Webinar Instructors:

Instructor, Lori Peek. Peek is Director of the Natural Hazards Center and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She served on the Project Management Committee that developed FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. Peek is the principal investigator of the new National Science Foundation-supported CONVERGE initiative. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Peek earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005.

Instructor, Jason Ballmann. Ballmann serves as Communications Manager for the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California, spearheading major, multi-channel earthquake and tsunami outreach activities, such as the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills movement, various TsunamiZone.org-hosted campaigns, and the Earthquake Country Alliance group. Through his work, Ballman regularly supports and connects all sectors of communities through strategic communications and partnerships efforts, from the local to international level, involving governments, non-profits, schools, universities, colleges, healthcare organizations, media outlets, private businesses, and individuals and families. He brings research and practice-based evidence in the geological and social sciences in helping organizations creatively design and implement preparedness and mitigation efforts.

Instructor, Jill Barnes. Barnes is the Executive Emergency Strategist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, providing emergency management for the more than 1,000 schools in LAUSD. She advises schools on emergency procedures, writes guidance documents, oversees emergency-related training, manages the Emergency Operations Center, and acts as a liaison to government and community agencies during emergencies. Barnes is a career educator and a former Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as a former Public Information Officer for the Santa Monica Fire Department. She is working on the thesis for her fifth university degree, an MA from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She is very tired and does not plan to complete more degrees.

Instructor, Edward (Ted) Wolf. Wolf is a writer and editorial consultant based in Bellingham, Washington. He served on the Project Management Committee that developed FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety, and he helped lead preparation of the report’s section on tsunamis. As a policy advocate in Portland, Oregon, Wolf championed Oregon’s statewide efforts to finance K-12 school seismic retrofits and to establish a state Office of School Facilities, and he co-founded parent school safety initiatives, including Parents4Preparedness. Wolf’s academic background includes degrees from the University of Washington and Williams College.

Registration Information:

Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Each participant of this webinar will receive a certificate in PDF format documenting 1 PDH. Each additional participant sharing the registrant’s computer may request PDH documentation following the webinar. Certificates are generally distributed two weeks after the webinar.

Registration Information. The webinar is funded by the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP*). Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll send you a link to the recording! To register online, click here.

Webinar Handouts. The webinar handouts are available for download here. These handouts include the following documents:
• FEMA P-1000 report, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety (in PDF format).
• The presentation slides (in PDF format), which will be available for download the day before the webinar.
• A list of answers to commonly asked questions about ATC webinars

Participants may request hard copies of the FEMA P-1000 report to be shipped, free of charge, to an address within the U.S. from the FEMA warehouse by calling 1-800-480-2520 or e-mailing FEMAPubs@gpo.gov. Expedited orders may be made through the ATC Online Store by clicking here.

*About NETAP. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed NETAP as a mechanism for delivering direct assistance to the public through state, local, or tribal government entities, to increase their knowledge and ability to analyze their risk, make plans, and take actions aimed at reducing their earthquake risk and supporting overall community resilience.

ATC Upcoming Events. To view upcoming scheduled and tentative events being planned, please click here.


9-26-19 CERC Webinar: “Smart Land Use Drives Hazard Mitigation”

For details, see 9-26-19 CERC Webinar: “Smart Land Use Drives Hazard Mitigation” flyer in PDF.

Please log on Thursday, September 26, at 1 p.m. ET, for a live,1-hour CERC webinar, “Smart Land Use Drives Hazard Mitigation.” We’ll look at the importance of applying land use solutions to reduce natural hazard risk and hear about one Colorado community’s ongoing land use planning efforts. (See the attached flier for more details.)

On September 26, please CLICK (or COPY AND PASTE) the link below to join the webinar, which has been approved by ASFPM for 1 CEC:


For audio, call 571-209-6390; access code: 998 104 450#

– As you sign in, the system will assign you an ATTENDEE ID.  Please enter the ATTENDEE ID at the prompt when you dial in for audio.

-Tips for accessing WebEx and the 2019 CERC webinar schedule are below.

*Please plan to sign in 10 minutes early. If you experience a problem, please send a description of the issue along with a screenshot, if possible, to CERCTraining@ogilvy.com. We will try our best to troubleshoot before the webinar begins.