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FEMA Region 10 Mitigation March Advisory – Living with Floods

Click here to view FEMA_Reg10_Mitigation_March_(3-2019)  as a PDF.

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Please see the advisory for our third week of Mitigation March. Did you know flooding is the nation’s number one disaster? Check out below for more.

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Brett Holt
Stakeholder Relations ·  International Affairs · Limited English Proficiency
FEMA Region 10 · Office of External Affairs · Bothell, WA
425-487-4553 · brett.holt@fema.dhs.gov

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Mitigation March: Living with Floods

March 19, 2019

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Learn more about the Johnson Creek Natural Floodplain Restoration Project in Portland, Oregon

Mitigation March Advisories
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Week 1: Living with Earthquakes
Week 2: Living with Tsunami

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New FEMA Report: Building Cultures of Preparedness

A message from Laura Olson:

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a new report from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Higher Education program, entitled Building Cultures of Preparedness.

You can access the full report here: https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/docs/latest/2019_cultures_of_preparedness_report_10.22.18%20final.pdf

The research-based report, authored by members of the Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN) and practitioner and academic colleagues, emerged from FEMA’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2022, “Building a Culture of Preparedness.” Preparedness strategies to date have increased first responder and government capabilities, but individual and community progress towards enhanced levels of resilience has been extremely limited. Achieving the 2018–2022 Strategic Plan’s vision of enhanced preparedness requires a bottom-up approach to close these gaps.

This report highlights the vast diversity of American communities and households, indicating that a one-size-fits-all strategy is not well-suited to the specific demands of variable and distinctive environments – our Culture of Preparedness will have to be built one community at a time. Preparedness is a local matter, requiring solutions tailored to different cultural contexts and embraced by communities. Supporting the vision of a resilient nation in the Strategic Plan requires us to think in the plural, in terms of building “Culture(s) of Preparedness.”

This report presents a culture-based approach to the preparedness goals laid out in the Strategic Plan. It lays out four Guiding Principles for building Cultures of Preparedness, followed by practical strategies and examples that demonstrate successful outcomes in real-world settings, and offers a distinct approach to operationalize the Guiding Principles.

A Watershed Academy Webcast: Lessons Learned on Integrating Water Quality and Nature-based Approaches into Hazard Mitigation Plans

Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

EPA is promoting integration of FEMA hazard mitigation plans and water quality plans to support projects that reduce natural hazards while emphasizing water quality benefits. This webcast will look at two completed pilot projects that have successfully integrated watershed planning, green infrastructure practices, and source water protection into FEMA hazard mitigation plans. Learn about community benefits, including:

  • Better results through watershed planning that optimizes water quality, floodplain management, and hazard risk reduction.
  • More opportunity for green infrastructure solutions to hazards.
  • Reduced flood insurance rates for communities that adopt stormwater policies that reduce risk, including green infrastructure and watershed planning.
  • Potentially meeting requirements for reducing water quality impairments faster through risk management.
  • Availability of FEMA and other federal funding for water quality projects that also mitigate hazards.

Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance. The webcast presentations are posted in advance at https://www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/watershed-academy-webcast-seminars and participants are encouraged to download them prior to the webcast.


Myra Schwartz, EPA Region 1

Carrie Robinette, FEMA

Josh Bruce, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience


You must register in advance to attend this webcast. Register at the Watershed Academy webcast website at: www.epa.gov/watershedacademy/watershed-academy-webcast-seminars.

The Watershed Academy: The Watershed Academy is a focal point in EPA’s Office of Water for providing training and information on implementing watershed approaches. The Academy self-paced training modules and webcast seminars provide current information from national experts across a broad range of watershed topics. For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/watershedacademy.

Questions? Please contact WatershedAcademySupport@cadmusgroup.com.

The materials in this webcast have been reviewed by EPA staff for technical accuracy. However, the views of the speakers and the speakers’ organizations are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of EPA. Mention of commercial enterprises, products, or publications does not mean that EPA endorses them.


The J.M. KAPLAN FUND IS ABOUT TO AWARD THE 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks out innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation. In 2019, it will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, providing tools and training for ascendant change agents.

First-round applications are due by April 30, 2019. Apply now!

TO LEARN MORE, you can download a two-page overview of the 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize in English and in Spanish.