Member Update – March 22



MEMBER UPDATE March 22, 2015
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I   Message from NHMA President Ed Thomas

NHMA has been actively representing the interests of building a safer, more resilient and more equitable future for future generations by presenting and participating in multiple conferences, developing and submitting comments on federal policy and otherwise representing all of you in our mutual efforts to achieve the transformative change necessary in community planning and development to achieve disaster Risk Reduction

Please consider supporting those efforts by volunteering of through financial support.

Please contact me at for further information.

II  Items of Particular Importance

  1. New State Mitigation Plan Guidance issued by FEMA
    The State Mitigation Plan Review Guide is FEMA’s official policy on, and interpretation of, the requirements for State Standard and Enhanced Mitigation Planning. Of particular note is the new requirement that starting next year, FEMA will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change.
  2. The Congressional Research Service Has issued an new report on the Disaster Relief Fund, including State Profiles
  3. FEMA Calls for 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Applications
    Submission Deadline: April 10, 2015
  4. Predicting the extent of flash flooding
    Devastating floodwaters such as those experienced during Iowa’s Flood of 2008 — which swamped many Iowa communities, along with ten square miles of Cedar Rapids — are notoriously difficult to predict. A new model has been proposed by a team from the University of Iowa.

III  Online Courses:

  1. Water in the Western US Learn more and register here:
  2. The Georgia Association of Floodplain Managers (GAFM), No Adverse Impact (NAI) Committee, in conjunction with the ASFPM NAI Committee, is pleased to announce our next Webinar: 

IV  New Reports:

  1. Agencies Need to Improve Policies and Procedures for Estimating Improper Payments
    GAO-15-209: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015.

V  Major Articles & Editorials

  1. FEMA to Review All Flood Damage Claims From Hurricane Sandy
  2. Study links flooding, drought to urban expansion
    A heads-up to New York, Baltimore, Houston and Miami: a new study suggests that these metropolitan areas and others will increase their exposure to floods even in the absence of climate change.
  3. Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, NASA scientist warns
  4. More information on the Sandy Recovery in NJ
  5. As Oso Disaster Anniversary Nears, Kentucky Geologists Urge Preparation for Landslides…5Bhas_multimedia%5D=
  6. More on Recovery in Japan
  7. Propeller would like to invite you to the Water Challenge day and pitch competition on Monday, March 23. Registration is required through the NOEW site
  8. Winter storms battered sales of small businesses, survey shows

VI  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. The direct link for sharing this posting with potential candidates is: 
  2. Graduate Assistant Positions for Project on Climate Resilience of Water on Tribal Lands in the American West
    Full funding will be provided for students interested in completing our MSES or MPA programs
  3. Details on a postdoc opening at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, OH.

VII  Conferences

  1. 29th Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference®?May 10 – 15, 2015?Rosen Shingle Creek?Orlando, Florida 
  2. Bread Loaf Orion is an annual, week-long 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.

Please remember to send any mitigation related announcements, articles, and resources to for inclusion in our updates.