Member Update- February 20


MEMBER UPDATE February 20, 2015

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Things of Interest…

Call for Applications – 2015 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship recognizes outstanding individuals who share Myers’ commitment to disaster research and practice and have the potential to make a lasting contribution to reducing disaster vulnerability.

At least one scholarship recipient each year will receive financial support allowing them to attend the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Scholarships can cover part or all of transportation, meals, and Workshop registration costs.

FEMA Insurance Reviews of Applicants Receiving Public Assistance Grant Funds for 2004 and 2005 Florida Hurricanes Were Not Adequate

New Office of the Inspector General report critiques allocation of public assistance grants for Florida hurricanes.

New research PhD studentships 2015

Kingston (London) is now offering 35 prestigious research studentships to students who wish to study for a full-time PhD beginning in 2015-16 (part-time studentships are not available). Funding is at Home/EU level for three years only.

Graduate Student Assistantship

The Department of Geography at the University of Kansas is recruiting a graduate student to work on disaster management starting in the fall of 2015. We offer a competitve salary with health benefits. If interested, please send inquiries to

SAVE THE DATE: Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementing Sessions, multiple dates and times.

FEMA Listening Sessions on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementation. These sessions provide the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and provide feedback on how federal agencies implement the Standard.

FEMA Disaster Grant Obligations Process Webinars, multiple dates and times.

A series of ten (10) webinars have been scheduled to provide you with an overview of the system enhancement as well as training on how to use the new interface and draw down project funding.

Hazard and Disaster Mitigation Professional Development Series PART I webinar, February 26, 1:00-3:00PM CST

This webinar will feature a variety of professionals in the emergency preparedness and response community–enriching the educational scope of potential career options for its members.

Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.

The purpose of this report is to summarize the current understanding about the connectivity and mechanisms by which streams and wetlands affect the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream waters.

HMDR Division approved by APA Board of Directors

On behalf of the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Interest Group’s executive committee, I am pleased to inform you that the Group’s petition to form an APA Division was approved by the APA Board on Saturday.  This action by the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association begins a series of steps to organize the new Division.

Articles & Editorials…

Argonne researchers to study Chicago emergency evacuation system

$2.9 million FTA grant will lead to better emergency transportation planning and response for cities in U.S

Storm ready: First new storm shelter at Tulsa Public Schools opens for library business

Public school builds storm shelter that doubles as a library

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Note about website changes:

In an effort to better server 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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