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July Newsletter

July 2015
                                       A few words from our President
Welcome to the first edition of our new and expanded NHMA Newsletter! This newsletter is designed to quickly provide NHMA members with information of particular value to all of us who are working to achieve Disaster Risk Reduction at the community level. We welcome articles, and material which you feel would be of interest to others who are seeking to achieve disaster risk reduction.

We welcome your feedback and thoughts about how we can be of more and better service to our members and to the cause of reducing the awful, and often unnecessary toll of devastation which all-to-often follows foreseeable natural events.

International Hazard Mitigation Practitioner’s Symposium
July 22 & 23, 2015
Broomfield, Colorado
NHMA Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Pilot Workshop
September 14 & 15
Tulsa, Oklahoma
There is still time to sign up for this monumental event! The data is in. Regardless of the causes, our global climate is changing. It seems every day we hear about increased flooding, droughts becoming more severe, winter storms more extreme, tornadoes more destructive, and wildfires more intense. Is this the “new normal”? If so, how can we, as practitioners in the arena of hazard mitigation, prepare our communities and future generations to not only be safer but thrive in these changing conditions? Fortunately, there are many people exploring and implementing ways to prepare our residents, their homes, their businesses, their neighborhoods, and their communities to become more resilient and sustainable through innovative Disaster Risk Reduction and climate adaptation practice. The 2015 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioner’s Symposium offers practitioners an opportunity to hear from some of the leading voices and communities in the world discussing a variety of hazards.

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Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. It aims to reduce vulnerabilities to disaster, utilizing knowledge and experience developed by the natural hazard community of professionals and practitioners.

The DRR Ambassador Curriculum is the “flagship” initiative of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA). The unique focus of the DRR Ambassador Curriculum will be to support community leaders from the private and public sector to engage and lead community-level DRR dialogue by providing educational resources, self-study curricula, and training workshops.

The Workshop will be a combination of peer-to-peer instruction and discussion combined with lectures and discussions led by both your colleagues and some of the top experts on hazard mitigation & climate adaptation in the nation.

The agenda includes modules such as Tornado Safe Room, Follow the Money and Citizen Engagement.  This is an opportunity to both bring back information to your community and help shape a national educational effort- you won’t want to miss it! We will be conducting the pilot at Tulsa’s Central Park Stormwater Detention Center- an innovative and beautiful facility that overlooks the Tulsa skyline.

Please contact Nicole Bernard at nbernard.nhma@gmail.com for more information!

Join the Food, Water and Energy Nexus webinar on July 30th

Recent Federal Law Related to Local Climate Resilient Planning & Zoning

 Join the Sustainability Forum and it’s partners- the National Council on Science & Environment, the Willdan Group and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University- in a free webinar as they explore the challenges & opportunities in meeting food, water and energy goals in developed and developing nations.

Click here to register 

This article reviews federal actions over the past year that have significance for state and local government climate resilience planning and zoning, including executive orders, agency guidance, and the recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims takings decision in the Katrina litigation.

We conclude that the executive branch has taken actions that have the potential to provide much-needed assistance to state and local governments.

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Planning Information Exchange- Climate Change Adaptaion & Resilience Webinar

Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources Webinar

In cooperation with the American Planning Association (APA), the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) presents the second Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar. PIE is a free eight-part quarterly webinar series focusing on tools, best practices, and strategies on the role of hazard mitigation planning and its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.When: July 30th, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)

Click here to learn more or register

This talk is one of several
webinars within a joint series on “Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources” co-sponsored by the NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility Initiative.

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Member Update – April 29 Addendum

Addendum to Newsletter April 29, 2015
Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars

FEMA is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free, eight-part
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 even international audience. EMA is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free, eight-part 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 even international audience.

The Planning Information Exchange will focus on multi-hazard mitigation planning but also emphasize its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM will act as co-conveners of all webinars and will select topics and presenters.

The first webinar, The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery, will occur May 6, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET). Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM. For more information and to register for upcoming webinars, visit the American Planning Association website at: https://www.planning.org/nationalcenters/hazards/planninginformationexchange/ 

Download this addendum as a [pdf]   Member Update – April 29 Addendum

Member Update – April 7


MEMBER UPDATE April 7, 2015
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I. Message from NHMA President Ed Thomas

There was an exceptionally excellent article posted on Coastal News Today about the real impediments to climate adaptation/hazard mitigation in the real world of economics and politics.

The article is well worth reading and meditating on as we develop real world solutions designed to support and encourage grass roots local action to build a safer, more just, Nation and World:


Please also note that NHMA has secured a registration to the 2015 Critical Infrastructure Symposium (CIS): 3Ps of Resilience: Partnering – Planning – Performance. This conference is sponsored by our friend the Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) and we have always found TISP sponsored events to be really excellent. This conference will be April 20-21 in Linthicum, Maryland.

Register at:

II. Items of Particular Importance

1.) Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance

The next conference of the NFFA is call scheduled for today, Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. eastern, 2:00 p.m. central, 1:00 p.m. mountain and 12:00 pacific time. To participate, dial (605) 475-4000 and enter Access Code – 948703#.

2.) Audit in NYC Reveals Big Problems with Housing Repair Program Post-Sandy http://recoverydiva.com/2015/04/01/audit-in-nyc-reveals-big-problems-with

3.) Some Articles on Business Recovery and Resilience Some Articles on Business Recovery and Resilience

4.) 2015 Critical Infrastructure Symposium (CIS) 3Ps of Resilience: Partnering – Planning – Performance

NHMA members may register at the Government and Academic Member Rate, which is the lowest rate available for attendees.

5.) Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

6.) Reflections on Digital Learning In the Age of Info, specializing to survive.

III Online Courses

1.) From Tulsa Partners

This is a workshop offered by our wonderful partner in mitigation and adaptation: Tulsa Partners, Inc. It is designed to provide subject matter experts willing to work with you on your business continuity and emergency planning.

IV Major Articles & Editorials

1.) Climate Change Awards

V Jobs:

1.) An opening for a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute

The newly-created University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute is looking for a post-doctoral fellow starting Aug. 1, 2015:

2.) Graduate Assistant Positions for Project on Climate Resilience of Water on Tribal Lands in the American West (http://www.ohio.edu/voinovichschool/students/prospective/masterpa.cfm)

3.) Details on a postdoc opening at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, OH.
http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=22&ROPCD=2 20302&RONum=B8112

4.) PhD opportunity – economic impacts of fishing in South Dakota PhD Research Assistant – Starting July 1, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZBvJ5X_7NowoX2amlZ6EX8AR9zG4wo1Z66SP Jep_jSI/edit

5.) Human Geography & Conservation Lecturer Position at Bangor University Details of the job are here

6.) The 2016-2017 Fulbright Core U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! Click here to view awards available to scholars of geography.

7.) Planner – Risk Communication, Floodplain Management and Community Planning.
NHMA supporter Michael Baker International is looking for individuals with experience in risk communication. A cover letter is unnecessary, but your resume should reflect experience outlined in the job description. Send resume to Shannon Burke no later than 4/3/2015 at

VI Conferences

1.) 29th Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference on May 10 – 15, 2015 at Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida

2.) Bread Loaf Orion is an annual, weeklong writers’ conference designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world.
For more information and to apply, please visit

Note to our members:

With your member support and involvement, we look forward to continuing the promotion of natural hazard risk reduction and climate adaptation through a Whole Community approach. Please consider supporting this mission by maintaining your membership (which can be renewed here) or through a tax-deductible donation (which can be done here). If you prefer to donate via check, please download this form.

Note about website changes:

In an effort to better serve our membership, some changes have been made to our website. Job post submissions can now be made online using the link at the top of the job post page. Also, NHMA’s work is made possible by the dedication of volunteers. Please visit our volunteer page and consider contributing your time to the cause of natural hazard risk reduction.

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