July Newsletter

July 2015
                                       A few words from our President
Welcome to the first edition of our new and expanded NHMA Newsletter! This newsletter is designed to quickly provide NHMA members with information of particular value to all of us who are working to achieve Disaster Risk Reduction at the community level. We welcome articles, and material which you feel would be of interest to others who are seeking to achieve disaster risk reduction.

We welcome your feedback and thoughts about how we can be of more and better service to our members and to the cause of reducing the awful, and often unnecessary toll of devastation which all-to-often follows foreseeable natural events.

International Hazard Mitigation Practitioner’s Symposium
July 22 & 23, 2015
Broomfield, Colorado
NHMA Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Pilot Workshop
September 14 & 15
Tulsa, Oklahoma
There is still time to sign up for this monumental event! The data is in. Regardless of the causes, our global climate is changing. It seems every day we hear about increased flooding, droughts becoming more severe, winter storms more extreme, tornadoes more destructive, and wildfires more intense. Is this the “new normal”? If so, how can we, as practitioners in the arena of hazard mitigation, prepare our communities and future generations to not only be safer but thrive in these changing conditions? Fortunately, there are many people exploring and implementing ways to prepare our residents, their homes, their businesses, their neighborhoods, and their communities to become more resilient and sustainable through innovative Disaster Risk Reduction and climate adaptation practice. The 2015 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioner’s Symposium offers practitioners an opportunity to hear from some of the leading voices and communities in the world discussing a variety of hazards.

Click here to view the agenda

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. It aims to reduce vulnerabilities to disaster, utilizing knowledge and experience developed by the natural hazard community of professionals and practitioners.

The DRR Ambassador Curriculum is the “flagship” initiative of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA). The unique focus of the DRR Ambassador Curriculum will be to support community leaders from the private and public sector to engage and lead community-level DRR dialogue by providing educational resources, self-study curricula, and training workshops.

The Workshop will be a combination of peer-to-peer instruction and discussion combined with lectures and discussions led by both your colleagues and some of the top experts on hazard mitigation & climate adaptation in the nation.

The agenda includes modules such as Tornado Safe Room, Follow the Money and Citizen Engagement.  This is an opportunity to both bring back information to your community and help shape a national educational effort- you won’t want to miss it! We will be conducting the pilot at Tulsa’s Central Park Stormwater Detention Center- an innovative and beautiful facility that overlooks the Tulsa skyline.

Please contact Nicole Bernard at nbernard.nhma@gmail.com for more information!

Join the Food, Water and Energy Nexus webinar on July 30th

Recent Federal Law Related to Local Climate Resilient Planning & Zoning

 Join the Sustainability Forum and it’s partners- the National Council on Science & Environment, the Willdan Group and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University- in a free webinar as they explore the challenges & opportunities in meeting food, water and energy goals in developed and developing nations.Click here to register 
This article reviews federal actions over the past year that have significance for state and local government climate resilience planning and zoning, including executive orders, agency guidance, and the recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims takings decision in the Katrina litigation.

We conclude that the executive branch has taken actions that have the potential to provide much-needed assistance to state and local governments.Click here to read more
Planning Information Exchange- Climate Change Adaptaion & Resilience Webinar

Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources Webinar

In cooperation with the American Planning Association (APA), the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) presents the second Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar. PIE is a free eight-part quarterly webinar series focusing on tools, best practices, and strategies on the role of hazard mitigation planning and its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.When: July 30th, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)Click here to learn more or register
This talk is one of several
webinars within a joint series on “Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources” co-sponsored by the NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility Initiative.
Click here to watch the presentation
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