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The NHMA promotes natural hazard risk reduction & climate adaptation through planning, adaptation, and mitigation. This is accomplished by creating a “Whole Community” forum to:

  • Share ideas and experiences
  • Develop a thoughtful and unified voice
  • Promote greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental components of safe and resilient development
  • Creation of more equitable, safe and sustainable hazard mitigation programs so that that foreseeable natural events do not become disasters.

The NHMA promotes steps to reduce the risk and consequences of natural events with a special emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable populations in our communities.

NHMA strives always for transparency in our goals, actions, and organization. Below you will find links to our Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Incorporation, and Bylaws. If you are interested in joining or partnering with NHMA, please review these documents for more detailed information about NHMA’s structure, vision, and mission.

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Bylaws
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Documentation Retention/Destruction Policy
  • Policies and Procedures
  • NHMA Strategic Plan (Nov. 29, 2020)

Member Benefits:

  • Membership access to opportunities to engage National, Regional and Local Forums with an emphasis on Grass Roots Partnerships and Initiatives
  • Have your voice heard through NHMA, NEMA, FEMA, and Partnership Newsletters
  • Direct Email blasts highlighting real time updates in public policy, key
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Programs and Mitigation Initiatives
  • Membership opportunities to actively participate in your specific areas of interest with other like-minded NHMA members and partners
  • Discounted Fees for Key events, webinars, and workshops, as well as Discounts on Publications of interest to our professional genre’.
  • A new series of webinars, workshops, research projects, and training sessions focused on “Practical Community Resilience” and Disaster Risk Reduction and Research Project opportunities
  • Unequalled access to peer-to-peer engagement and mentoring opportunities with nationally recognized leaders in community resilience, natural hazard mitigation, and risk reduction
  • Opportunities to contribute to National Policy advisory and advocacy boards and committees
  • Join the growing Resilient Neighbors Network (RNN) and engage local leaders and planners
  • Complete access to the NHMA Disaster Risk Reduction Curriculum and planned Credentialling Initiatives, and opportunities to deliver the curriculum personally across other sectors and agencies.

Executive Board

President – Tom Hughes

Vice President – Annie Vest

Secretary – Erin Capps, Esq

Treasurer – Brandy Bones

Board Members

Mary Baker

Donna Boyce, JD

Nickea Bradley

Caroline Cunningham, AICP, CFM, ABCP

Melanie Gall

Ed Hecker

Derrick Hiebert

Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM

Patrick Marchman

Jim Murphy, PE, CFM

Ponmile Olonilua, PhD, CFM

Traci Sears

Michael Sprayberry

Grace Olenzak

Gary O’ Neal

Kristin Owen

John Wiener, AB, JD, PhD

 

 

Committees

NHMA Committees contribute individually and collectively toward the achievement of the Goals and Objectives in the current 5 Year Strategic Plan. Each Committee develops specific actions NHMA can achieve more equitable outcomes and better serve disadvantaged communities and populations. Every committee plays a key role in fostering a culture of mentoring among NHMA members to guide mitigation practitioners in their careers. Below is a list of NHMA’s standing committees.

Public Policy, Advocacy & Education
Partnership and Communications
Young Leaders

Public Policy, Advocacy & Education

This Committee stays current with and influences national policy that impacts mitigation practices and their effectiveness. This includes the full pre- and post-disaster event lifecycle to enable communities to achieve measurable disaster risk reduction including strategies for linking mitigation with post-disaster recovery at the community level. Activities include developing white papers on key national policy and program challenges, products and desk references and developing curriculum to support mitigation best practices.

Chairman: Gary O’Neal

Co-Chairman: Nickea Bradley

goneal@fenstermaker.com

Partnership and Communications

This Committee reinforces and develops key partnerships with external organizations with specific objectives for each partnership and implements short-term objectives tied to the Strategic Plan for improving External Communications.The annual NHMA-hosted Practitioners’ Workshop and FEMA-hosted annual Hazard Mitigation Assistance Workshop fall under this Committee. Additional signature NHMA events may also fall under this Committee over time.

Chairman: Annie Vest

Co-Chairman: Tom Hughes

annie.vest@freese.com

Young Leaders

This Committee recruits and engages emerging young leaders working in hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation careers to join NHMA and ensures their perspectives are incorporated in the direction of NHMA and the work of all NHMA Committees. Members assist to: develop Student Chapters at collaborating public universities, high schools, independent study/home school;conduct research for key NHMA white papers on topics of national importance; and complete NHMA-offered curriculum for mitigation practitioners and pilot / early-access to ‘new’ educational offerings to improve effectiveness.

Chairman: Grace Olenzak

Co-Chairman: Sonia Clemens 

golenzak@gmail.com