This is from the Montana HighGround Newsletter (June 2021). It is a good explanation of rate changes for flood insurance:
Click here to view Mitigation Minute July 2021 as a PDF.
The following FEMA resources have been added to the NHMA Mitigation in Disaster Recovery Resources Page:
1) Adapting Risk Communications to Create Equitable Mitigation Strategies – Guidehouse (FEMA Contractor) – Recorded video of their ASFPM presentation. Provides case studies for effective communications and partnership strategies for reaching socially, politically, and economically vulnerable communities. This presentation challenges stakeholders to view communications as a key ingredient to decreasing a person or community’s vulnerability before, during, and after a disaster. View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttGS3ANJupk
2) Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience – This resource is the result of collaboration by 26 partners in the fields of equity and resilience. Through it, FEMA seeks to inspire the whole community to make equitable and resilient practices part of their day-to-day activities. Readers will find guidance, perspectives, personal stories, resources and more. While it is a first step in a long journey, FEMA aims to increase awareness, commitments, and action to make equitable resilience possible for all. Download here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_rnpn_building-alliances-for-equitable-resilience.pdf
3) NOAA Updates US Climate Normals for the 1991 – 2020 period – Every 10 years, NOAA releases an analysis of U.S. weather of the past three decades that calculates average values for temperature, rainfall and other conditions.
Known as the U.S. Climate Normals, these 30-year averages — now spanning 1991-2020 — represent the new “normals” of our changing climate. They are calculated using climate observations collected at local weather stations across the country and are corrected for bad or missing values and any changes to the weather station over time before becoming part of the climate record. Data available here: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/products/us-climate-normals
NHMA has successfully submitted its comments to FEMA on 86 FR 21325-FEMA Equity RFI. Many thanks to all our members to who contributed to this important submission.
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Agency: FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)
Document Type: Notice
Title: Request for Information on FEMA Programs, Regulations, and Policies
Document ID: FEMA-2021-0011-0001
The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association is grateful for the opportunity to submit comments and feedback on behalf of its members. The attached comments reflect feedback from the NHMA board and members across the United States. We have also attached our recent White paper on potential solutions towards access to FEMA Grants by improving the BCA tool and policy, which has been coordinated with FEMA HQ staff. We very much look forward to participating in discussions towards improving the equitable distribution of Federal disaster mitigation assistance to underserved Communities.
NHMA FEMA RFI Comment Summary (003).docx
BCA White Paper NHMA Final RFI.docx
“ASTM International is teaming up with the Flood Mitigation Industry Association (FMIA) on this webinar to explore flood mitigation efforts in light of climate change, deliver an overview of flood mitigation products and testing, and provide a manufacturer’s perspective of these products.”
Invitation to NAI Lunch & Learn webinar
Host: Michael Baker International, Inc.
Date and Time: Wednesday August 4, 2021 @ 12-1:00pm EST
The Georgia Association of Floodplain Management (GAFM) No Adverse Impact (NAI) Committee, in conjunction with the ASFPM NAI Committee, is pleased to announce our next Webinar:
*ASFPM has approved this webinar for (1) Continuing Education Credit (CEC)
**Note you must register in advance and attend the entire presentation to receive CEC credit.
Thank you and we look forward to your participation.
Sean Roche, PE, CFM, PMP
Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
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Research Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy | Cambridge, MA
Application deadline: July 30, 2021.
The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is hiring a Research Fellow to work on the Colorado River Basin Land & Water Indicators Project during the 2021-2022 academic year. This will be a 9-month appointment that can be done remotely.
Here is the job posting on Idealist for more information and to apply:
Feel free to forward to colleagues and contact Zach Sugg with any questions.
| Research Fellow – Idealist|
Babbitt Research Fellow . Colorado River Basin Land and Water Indicators Project. Position Title: Research Fellow Supervisor Title: Senior Program Manager Dates: August 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022 FLSA Status: Full-time / Exempt Location: Phoenix, AZ or remotely Project Description
Zachary Sugg, PhD
Senior Program Manager, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
602.393.4308 (office direct) | 972.841.3109 (mobile)
Babbitt Center – Helping to Secure Our Water Future
To our knowledge, this position is still open. Please forward, post, and share widely:
Director of Environmental Equity and Justice
Center for Biological Diversity
TITLE: Director of Environmental Equity and Justice
Status: Full-time Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director|
Positions reporting to this position: One to start
Location: Tucson, LA, Oakland, DC, Portland, Raleigh, Other
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature – to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.
We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!
The Center for Biological Diversity believes the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence of a vast diversity of wild animals, plants and people. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, activism and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that humans, other species and all communities need to survive and thrive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
The root causes of extinction, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and ruthless wildlife exploitation are also the driving forces of systematic racism and the marginalization and exploitation of human communities. We believe white supremacy is incompatible with justice and ecological balance. We cannot secure one without the other; and will secure neither as long a racism prevails. The Center’s Environmental Equity and Justice Director will work with our conservation programs, other conservation groups, justice and environmental justice groups, the media, lawmakers and agencies to secure visionary new environmental justice laws and policies, integrate environmental justice into the Center’s on-the-ground conservation campaigns, and broadly promote the importance of integrating environmental and justice work.
- Strengthen, expand and deepen environmental justice work within the Center’s conservation and communication programs.
- Develop a broad environmental justice vision for the Center and work with groups and lawmakers seeking to enact environmental justice laws and policies at the state and federal level.
- Educate the public, media, elected officials, agencies, environmental groups, recreation groups, and others about the importance of environmental justice and its essential connection to the protection of land, air, water, biological diversity and climate.
- Work with justice-centered groups, coalitions, media, elected officials and decision-makers to incorporate protection of biodiversity, habitat and climate into justice visions.
Beginning with a staff of two, the Environmental Equity and Justice Program will focus on:
Environmental Equity and Justice Vision, Legislation and Policy:
- Work with Center leaders and environmental justice advocates outside the Center to develop a broad vision of state, federal and agency policies needed to end and reverse environmental racism and classism.
- Work with justice groups, environmental justice groups, environmental groups, lawmakers and others to create new state and federal laws and policies promoting environmental justice. Often, this will mean supporting already existing environmental justice legislative and policy campaigns.
- Participate in a cross-program legal team identifying opportunities to establish legal precedents within existing environmental and civil rights laws to advance environmental justice. (Participation does not require legal expertise).
Conservation and Communication Programs:
- Work with the executive director and Executive Conservation Team to develop a vision for environmental equity and justice campaigns within the Center’s conservation and communication programs.
- Work with individual program directors (and in some cases, within-program environmental justice leads) to identify priorities, gaps and opportunities and develop concrete program plans to deepen, expand and/or initiate environmental equity and justice campaigns to be run by the program staff.
- Regularly advise program staff and leaders. Where needed, assist program staff with outreach, networking and communications.
- Educate Center supporters, the larger public, media, elected officials, agencies, environmental groups, recreation groups, and others with environmental interests about the importance of environmental justice and its essential connection to the protection of land, air, water, biological diversity and climate.
- Reach out to justice-centered groups, environmental justice groups, media, elected officials and decision-makers to expand the incorporation of biodiversity, habitat and climate protection into justice agendas.
- Demonstrated commitment to protection of land, air, water and wildlife.
- Experience working with value-driven organizations to fight for environmental justice and against white supremacist oppression, racism and colonialism.
- Existing relationships and experience working with grassroots organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
- Five or more years of management experience, developing and directing programs, including needs assessments, strategy development, and project management and implementation.
- Experience supervising staff.
- Experience working across lines of race, class, gender, and urban/rural to secure policy change and empowerment.
- Experience in public speaking, essay writing, media interviews and social media.
- Deep understanding of the landscape of the racial justice and economic justice movements and their intersection with conservation.
- Superior leadership, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
- Experienced communicator — ability to engage and connect the dots on complex ideas internally, ability to support our Communications department on relevant content, and ability to communicate through traditional and digital external media.
- Building and maintaining relationships within the landscape of racial justice and national environmental groups.
- An understanding of environmental values as well as how environmental issues intersect with racism, economic inequality, sexism, homophobia and other injustices.
- Proficiency in Spanish, an indigenous, or other language in addition to English preferred but not required.
Requires some long, unpredictable work hours, including some weekends; fast-paced working style and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Some travel.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary will be $80,000 to $110,000, commensurate with experience. Health care plan (including free optical and dental) is excellent. Generous 403(b) plan with employer contribution, paid time off, federal holidays, and paid sabbatical.
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter expressing your interest, and references. Cover letters should express your understanding and experience in working within the landscape of the racial justice and economic justice movements and their intersection with conservation.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color strongly encouraged to apply.
LOCATION: Tucson, AZ
OPEN DATE: 4/8/2021
KEYWORDS: environment, justice, racism, colonialism, white supremacy, equity, BIPOC, conservation, wildlife, animals, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, climate change, extinction crisis
EOE STATEMENT: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.