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

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Expanding Mitigation Partnerships, Promoting Resilient and Equitable Communities

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

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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

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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

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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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Announcing the New ABA Community Resilience Handbook

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Announcing the New ABA Community Resilience Handbook

From the American Bar Association website – https://www.americanbar.org/
September 02, 2020

New ABA book shares tools and strategies to promote community resilience

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CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2020 — Just published by the American Bar Association Law Practice Division, “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 disruptive events like natural disasters.

Community resilience requires collaboration across many sectors and professions, and this book’s interdisciplinary authorship reflects that collaboration. Editors George B. Huff, Jr., Edward A. Thomas, and Nancy McNabb solicited contributions from legal professionals, architects, academics, engineers, business continuity professionals, and others, to provide a deeply nuanced view of resilience in one volume.

Chapters present perspectives on:

  • Recommended approaches and resources
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Avoiding legal challenges to higher standards for development and redevelopment
  • Organizational resilience and business continuity
  • Resilient agriculture and environmental considerations
  • Financial considerations
  • Measuring and assessing risk
  • The role of lawyers in promoting resilience
  • Government leadership in promoting resilience
  • Collaboration and building a culture of continuity
  • International standards on resilience

Book editors Huff, Thomas and McNabb are noted industry leaders. Huff is senior business continuity manager at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). In 2019, he was recognized as a fellow of the Business Continuity Institute. Thomas is president emeritus of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. He is an elected fellow of the ABA Foundation, a member of the ABA Disaster Response and Preparedness Committee, and chair of the ABA State and Local Government Law Section’s Resilience Task Force. And McNabb is secretary of the Board of the National Institute of Building Science Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council and former manager of Building and Fire Codes and Standards of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Title:                      “The Community Resilience Handbook

Publisher:              ABA Publishing, Law Practice Division

Pages:                    470

Product Code:        5330251

ISBN:                     9781641057387

Size:                      6 x 9

Binding:                 Paperback, eBook

Price:                     $79.95 List; $71.95 Members

Orders:                   800-285-2221 or ShopABA.org

Editor’s note: Digital review copies are available by sending an email to Francine Bennett at Francine.Bennett@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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FEMA: Landmark Nationwide Losses Avoided Study Finds That Building Codes Save

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Friday, November 20, 2020 12:32 PM

Landmark Nationwide Losses Avoided Study Finds That Building Codes Save

Using big data, FEMA’s modeling of the 18.1M buildings constructed in the United States since 2000 has found that the nation has benefited to the tune of $1.6 billion in savings each year. These savings represent the cumulative losses avoided from property damage associated with using the International Codes or similar building codes during floods, hurricane, and earthquakes. FEMA projects that, by the year 2040, the nation will save around $3.2 billion in savings per year. This adds up to almost $133 billion in total losses avoided from 2000 to 2040.

Those dollar values represent considerable financial reasons for why communities should be proactive in adopting and enforcing hazard-resistant building codes. The study’s results fully support FEMA’s mission to help people prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural hazards, specifically through programs and efforts that promote using hazard-resistant building codes.

FEMA is developing outreach materials that will help programs across the agency convey the study’s results to our state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The Building Codes Saves Study, which details the methodology, results, and conclusions and additional information materials are available on FEMA’s website.

If you are interested in learning more about Building Codes Save and how you can integrate the study’s findings into your program, please email the Building Science Helpline.

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CDP Webinar: Working with Indigenous Communities After a Disaster: Focus on South Dakota – Dec. 3rd, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) Webinar: Working with Indigenous Communities After a Disaster: Focus on South Dakota

December 3, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Indigenous communities are often disproportionately affected by disasters and face unique barriers to recovery. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is hosting a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss working with Indigenous communities after a disaster.

Indigenous leaders will share their experiences in disaster recovery, explain how needs differ in their communities, and discuss best practices for working together respectfully in ways that honor culture and land.

Featured speakers include:

  • Shelly Saunsoci, long-term recovery group director, Yankton Sioux Tribe, White Swan Community, South Dakota
  • Maretta Champagne, director, Lakota Nation Disaster Resiliency, Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Annie Loyd, emergency manager and community liaison, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Heidi Schultz, program manager, Tribal Communities Disaster Recovery Program, Center for Disaster Philanthropy (moderator)

Please register and join us.

Nancy Beers | Early Recovery Fund Director

CDP Center for Disaster Philanthropy
One Thomas Circle, NW | Suite 700 | Washington, DC 20005
P: (507) 990-5307 | F: (507) 373-6104 | Nancy.Beers@disasterphilanthropy.org
www.disasterphilanthropy.org | @funds4disaster

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Message to Recovery Partners from Kevin Snyder, FEMA

From: Snyder, Kevin <kevin.snyder@fema.dhs.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:06 AM

Dear Recovery Partners,

I am happy to share the FEMA Region 3 Interagency Recovery Coordination Task Force COVID-19’s Impact on the Human and Social Services Sector. The human and social services sector has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for services has grown dramatically, at the same time as revenue losses and staff layoffs threaten the safety net so vital to those hardest hit by the economic downturn.

This report raises awareness about the challenges facing this sector that are critical to the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and the survival of the organizations that serve them. Summarizing existing and available research and analysis, the report highlights the situation in Region 3, but also provides data on the situation for the nation. The nonprofit sector, for example, has lost 8% of all employees nationwide since February 2020, while in critical fields the losses have been more severe – with 11% unemployment in educational services and 12% in social assistance.

This work would not have been possible without the thoughtful contributions and feedback from partners such as HHS, USDA, the National Council of Nonprofits, and many others (see those acknowledgements in the report!). We extend our thanks to all of them.

Please share this report widely within your networks and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Take care and stay in touch!

Kevin I. Snyder

Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for Recovery | Interagency Recovery Coordination Task Force | Region 3
Mobile: (202) 340-7065
Federal Emergency Management Agency



AGHP Webinar: Large Area Flood, Steep Creek, and Landslide-Dam Flood Risk Prioritization – 11/24/20 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time | Online

AGHP Webinar: Large Area Flood, Steep Creek, and Landslide-Dam Flood Risk Prioritization – November 24, 2020 @ 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time – Online

Mountainous regions are frequently subject to geohazards that cause property damage, loss of life, and the interruption of transportation arteries. Of the many thousands of hazard areas, only a tiny fraction receives a full risk management cycle from hazard identification to risk control. Since development exists within these geohazard susceptible expanses, communities require support to make risk-informed decisions about regulation, mitigation, and emergency management.

Flood, steep creek, or landslide-dam flood risk prioritization studies are being completed for approximately 320,000 km2 of British Columbia, with about 200,000 km2 completed to date. While most creeks’ headwaters are mostly undeveloped, the central valley floodplains and lower reaches of steep streams contain the majority of development and lifelines infrastructure. The assessment applies a consistent methodology to characterize geohazards and elements at risk at a regional scale, prioritize areas based on relative risk, and organize large volumes of geospatial data. Thus far, over 50,000 geohazard areas, including about 2,000 steep creek fans subject to debris flows and debris floods, have been prioritized.

This webinar will present approaches to prioritize geohazard risk across large and typically data-scarce regions like British Columbia and discuss how their results support development planning, regulation, and emergency management.

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Presented by:
Kris Holm
Principal Geoscientist, BGC Engineering
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The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) was created to support the development of standards, specifications, and best practices concerning the design and implementation of geohazard-related technologies and products;and to support and provide education to the Geohazard Community and those it serves.


FP-108-024-02: Ecosystem Service Benefits in Benefit-Cost Analysis for FEMA’s Mitigation Programs Policy

FP-108-024-02: Ecosystem Service Benefits in Benefit-Cost Analysis for FEMA’s Mitigation Programs Policy

FEMA has shared FP-108-024-02: Ecosystem Service Benefits in Benefit-Cost Analysis for FEMA’s Mitigation Programs Policy – that allows for ecosystem service benefits to be included in a mitigation project’s Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) regardless of the Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR). Previous policy limited the use of these benefits to projects meeting a .75 BCR.

With this new policy, ecosystem service benefits can be used for all project types eligible under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) and PA 406 mitigation programs that support the incorporation of ecosystem service benefits and result in the improvement of the natural environment.  Applicants will be able to take advantage of the new policy as part of the BRIC application.

FEMA hopes this new policy will encourage more nature-based solutions to be included in mitigation projects by removing barriers for the use of ecosystem service benefits in a project.

A fact sheet has been scheduled for release but any questions on this new policy can be directed to fema-hma-grants-policy@fema.dhs.gov  You can find the policy on the main HMA policy webpage here.