CASFM is hosting a Metro Social on Thursday, October 9, 2014

2480 W. 26th Ave., Suite 156-B
Denver, CO 80211

CASFM is hosting a Metro Social on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Blue Bonnet Cafe in Denver from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.  We are honored to have Ed Thomas, Esq. of Natural Hazard Mitigation Association giving a presentation on Crafting and Selling a “Whole Community” Approach to Ensuring a Safe and Resilient Future for Colorado and Our Nation.  CASFM will provide appetizers, and a cash bar will be available.  Blue Bonnet is located at 457 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, near the intersection of Broadway and Alameda.


The stormwater management & floodplain management community often operates separately from the climate adaptation community, as well as separately from the community development community, the planning community, the emergency management community and the legal community. These separate silos or “cylinders of excellence” all too often constrain the exchange of information and ideas necessary to craft best possible local solutions for reducing the growing toll of misery caused by improper and unsafe construction in areas subject to foreseeable natural events.

Attorney Ed Thomas, President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association has frequently presented workshops and other presentations in Colorado. He will describe how the recovery from the wildfires, floods, and landslides of the past few years gives Colorado a unique opportunity to celebrate its success in preventing disaster damage; as well as an opportunity to be a national model for resilience in an era of climate uncertainty. Ed will also explain how a recent US Supreme Court Case, Koontz, v. St Johns River Water Management District, may provide an impetus to bring the silos of all those involved in development activities together so as to seek common ground based on prevention of future disasters.


Ed Thomas is a Floodplain Manager, and Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist, and a practicing Attorney. His primary concern is the prevention of misery to disaster victims, the public purse, and to the environment. Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation through advocacy and development of locally orientated policies and procedures with a strong economic, moral and legal foundation is his chosen method of accomplishing this goal.

Attorney Thomas is the President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; and an elected member of both the Fellows of the American Bar Association Foundation; and the Council of the State and Local Government Section of the American Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Hazards Sub-Committee of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, of the ABA. In addition, Ed serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado; and is an active member of the American Planning Association, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, the Association of State Wetland Managers and the American Geophysical Union.

During his 35 year career with HUD and FEMA, Ed worked on about two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President’s on scene representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times.

Drew Beck

Matrix Design Group, Inc.

CASFM Metro Representative