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Conference Call for National Dam Safety Awareness Day

Intergovernmental Affairs Invitation

May 31, 2018 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, a day to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide dam owners, nearby residents, and emergency managers with information about what steps can be taken to reduce the impacts of catastrophic dam incidents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Dam Safety Program Senior Technical and Policy Advisor James Demby, will host a conference call with officials to discuss aspects of the National Dam Safety Program, as well as communication and coordination between dam owners/operators and emergency management authorities responsible for warning and evacuating the public. The dial-in information and the specific audience for the call are indicated below:


  • Date:                                       Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time:                                       2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Call-In #:                                 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Passcode:              196443

For more than 30 years, the federal government has worked to protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). The NDSP is a partnership of states, federal agencies, and other stakeholders, to encourage and promote the establishment and maintenance of effective Federal and state dam safety programs to reduce the risks to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

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APRIL 30 CERC Webinar: “Making LiDAR Work For You”

Please log on Monday, April 30, at 1 p.m. ET, for a live, one-hour CERC webinar, “Making LiDAR Work For You.” Leslie Durham, PE, of Atlantic and Resilience Action Partners will walk us through the possibilities of high-resolution data to reshape our expectations about LiDAR collection. We’ll also hear how this feature-rich data can impact FEMA and community-level programs beyond flood mapping. (See the attached flier for more details.)
On April 30, please click (or copy and paste) the link below to join the webinar:
For audio, call 571-209-6390; access code: 991 323 734#
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Join us! FEMA’s Resilient Nation Partnership Network will convene for the second Lunch and Learn of 2018

When: Tuesday, April 10 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Ogilvy Washington
Host: The Union of Concerned Scientists
Topic: “When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of U.S. Coastal Communities?”
Communities and nations of the 21st century face a great challenge: to protect people from the harm caused by an increasingly volatile climate. The damaging impacts of climate change will grow as the climate changes and adaptation fails to keep pace, unless societies take steps to increase their resilience through aggressive action on both climate mitigation and adaptation. This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights 15 principles for decision makers to use to prioritize investments in climate change adaptation.
Bring your lunch, mingle with partners and representatives from FEMA, and join us for an hour of learning. Refreshments will be provided.
Ogilvy Washington
1111 19th Street NW | Floor 3
Washington, DC 20036
Seats are limited, so please remember to reserve your spot ASAP by emailing Alise Murawski at alise.murawski@ogilvy.com. Walk-ins may or may not be accommodated due to space limitations. Refreshments will be provided.
Please reach out to Peter Herrick, Jr. (peter.herrickjr@fema.dhs.gov) with questions.

Regional Mitigation Division Directors Semi-Annual HQ/Regional FIMA Leadership Meeting

This past week we hosted the Regional Mitigation Division Directors for our semi-annual HQ/Regional FIMA leadership meeting.

We spent a great deal of time discussing our moonshots and strategies to achieve them, especially as the Administrator is working toward a finalized FEMA Strategic Plan in the next couple of weeks, with our moonshots clearly outlined as objectives in Goal 1: Culture of Preparedness.  While we have two moonshots, this week we will focus on the Insurance Moonshot.  We will return to the Mitigation Investment Moonshot another week.

 Insurance Moonshot

 What is the focus this year?

David Maurstad and Paul Huang talked with the FIMA HQ leadership team and Regional Division Directors about some of the organization’s efforts to ensure we have MORE INSURED SURVIVORS.  They also facilitated a dialogue with the group to EXPLORE some of their ideas and leading practices to advance the insurance moonshot, so that the team felt equipped to go back to their Office and/or region and begin to BUILD and FINISH some tangibles strategies that lead to improved insurance penetration.

Risk Management plays an important role in many of the Insurance Moonshot priorities, especially since 2 are RMD FINISH priorities for FY18:

  • BUILD a FIMA-wide strategy to advance the moonshots, through the stand up of a FIMA Integrated Project Team
  • BUILD a coordinated strategy with the regions to target communities for insurance marketing, and leveraging RiskMAP and Insurance communications contract vehicles to achieve goals
  • BUILD a flood insurance product that customers want to buy
  • FINISH significant progress on Risk Rating Re-design to establish fair and equitable pricing for every property throughout the country
  • FINISH the RiskMAP Re-calibration Business Case to set the program vector for the future, with this moonshot as an important outcome

.Finding what works

Our ASK OF YOU: Keep dialoguing with your team and peers about how you can help us achieve this goal.

What we know:

  • Shifting our message is important, whether in community meetings, conferences, or correspondence.  Where it rains, it can floodYour risk is not defined by a line on a map. Insurance will allow you to better recover.  How can you shift the message in the interactions you are leading?  We have updated messages that you can use.
  • Success is more likely in some types of communities than in others. As an example, Federal Insurance has data to understand whether an investment in insurance marketing in a particular location may be worthwhile. How is your approach informed by community attributes, socio-economics, insurance penetration, and other data?
  • We have to bring many programs and resources to the table. How could multiple programs and resources be used in those communities that could really benefit from a multi-pronged approach to increase insurance penetration?  Where are those priority communities?
  • Behavioral drivers are impactful. We can design policy choices around known behaviors.  We know we get more insured survivors if they have to OPT OUT of insurance coverage, rather than CHOOSING to OPT IN.  As an example, how do we use our LOMA process to shift from “Congratulations, you no longer need insurance” to “Congratulations, your insurance price is reduce” as an example of a lost cost and practical way to advance insurance sales.
  • Our goal is to increase the number of properties covered by 600,000 this year. Measure the before and after results of the efforts you try.  Share what works.

Highlighting the Survivor Perspective

Federal Insurance also shared their recent video series.  Following the devastating 2016 and 2017 hurricane seasons, their Marketing & Outreach Branch sent a small film crew from our C3 contractor to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Mathew to capture four documentary-style “Survivor Stories.”

The video series follows four NFIP policyholders who experienced flood damage during  Harvey, Irma, or Matthew and are rebuilding safer and stronger with the funds from their NFIP claims. The Survivor Stories series reflects the range of backgrounds and life experiences of NFIP policyholders—from a young family to a retiree—but collectively, they demonstrate the positive impact of flood insurance and the peace of mind that comes with protecting your family and home.  They reinforce why it is some important that we strive towards closing the insurance gap.

These videos will be used in a variety of ways—on FEMA’s website and soon, floodsmart.gov; via social channels; public conferences and presentations; and eventually in advertising. Each video has two versions – a 60-and 30-second cut.

Use this FEMA link:  https://www.fema.gov/media-library/multimedia/collections/612