The Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee works to enhance and promote effective multi-hazard mitigation planning at all levels of government in partnership with public and private stakeholders.  It’s focus goes beyond the development and implementation of hazard mitigation plans and includes the integration of risk communication and risk reduction measures into other plans, policies, tools or processes that lead to safer and more resilient communities.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee Members

Lawrence Frank and Steve Pardue

Caroline Cunningham, Atkins
Louis Dooley, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Washington
Ron Flanagan, Ron Flanagan & Associates
Lawrence Frank, URS
Marybeth Groff, ARCADIS
Sherry Harper, Insurance Services Office, Inc.
Jo Ann Howard, H2O Partners, Inc.
Alessandra Jerolleman, NHMA
Andre Jones, Nine Echo Solutions, LLC
Mitch McDonald, Orleans Shoring
Luke Meyers, Bellevue Fire Department / Office of Emergency Management, Washington
Shanna Michael, AECOM
Deborah Mills, Dewberry
Jim Murphy, URS
Ponmile Olonilua, Texas Southern University
Darrin Punchard, AECOM
Thomas Robison, ABS Group of Companies
Matt Stanley, Cumulus Lividus
David Stroud, AMEC
Kenneth Topping, California Polytechnic State University
Terri Turner, City of Augusta Planning & Development Department, GA
French Wetmore, French & Associates, Ltd.

  • January 11, 2013, NHMA: How to Improve Local Hazard Mitigation Planning: The objective of this white paper was to document common challenges and to make several key recommendations for improving local hazard mitigation planning nationwide. It was prepared by NHMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and is based on the contributions of many individuals who participated in monthly committee meetings and other discussions throughout 2012.
  • December 18, 2012, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) held a webinar entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation”.  The webinar featured an expert panel that identified overlaps and helped bridge gaps between the hazard mitigation and climate adaptation communities of practice to foster resilient, equitable, healthy and prosperous communities.
    • Steve Winkelman, Director of Transportation and Adaptation Programs at CCAP, discussed climate adaptation practice and capacity-building needs, and helped us visualize climate resilience and understand its economic benefits.
    • Ed Thomas, President of NHMA, discussed the hazard mitigation practice, spoke on integrating/coordinating with existing planning processes, and stressed the importance of collaboration.
    • Ryan Towell, Project Manager at Dewberry, highlighted states and communities that are integrating hazard mitigation and climate adaptation, discussing how no regrets actions can be attractive to multiple stakeholders.
    • Of the 135 participants, 63% identified themselves as climate adaptation professionals, 40% identified themselves as hazard mitigation professionals, 24% indicated both, and 21% indicated another profession.
    • Roughly half of the participants shared their requests for future webinars on best practices/visualizing solutions (84%), costs and benefits of hazard mitigation and adaptation measures (82%), and policy needs and opportunities (76%).
 Slides and a recording have been posted, and we plan to continue the conversation through future webinars.  The webinar was also covered by ClimateWire.