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Our Research

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Collaboration with the University Of Oklahoma Southern Climate Impacts Planning Project (SCIPP)

NHMA is collaborating with the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a NOAA Climate Adaptation Partnerships team located at the University of Oklahoma in the National Weather Center. SCIPP is researching to identify and develop potential solutions to the policies, capability and expertise limitations, and other constraints that inhibit an effective hazard mitigation planning process at the community level – especially for communities with limited resources.

SCIPP is a research program supported by NOAA, that focuses on the climate hazards that affect the south-central region which includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Spearheading this study is Rachel Riley, SCIPP Director. NHMAs role is to contribute expertise and experience with hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction and assist in developing potential solutions.

Our Education

Making Mitigation Work” (MMW) Webinar Series

NHMA is collaborating with the Natural Hazards Center (NHC) at the University of Colorado to present a special webinar series that will focus on providing place-based hazard mitigation to underserved communities.

There have been two webinars in this series to date:

Networking Resilience: Connecting Underserved Communities to Mitigation Resources” on November 14th, 2023, and “Strengthening Hazard Mitigation in Under-Resourced Communities” on April 9th, 2024.

You can access the entire NHC MMW Webinar series including recordings of the above two events at here.

The next event in the NHMA series will be presented on Tuesday, August 13th.

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Our Training

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Development and Delivery of Hazard Mitigation Practitioner Training

NHMA is continuing to develop a comprehensive hazard mitigation practitioner training program in support of both practitioners and stakeholders. A key component of NHMA’s grant activities under the RISKMAP CTP Program includes the development of a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) curriculum. The purpose of the curriculum is to inform and enable practitioners and community leaders in efforts to identify and mitigate hazards, identify and empower organized groups and programs in disaster risk understanding and reduction, and inform populations at risk and local governments about the available resources and tools that support mitigation of hazards and more effective recovery from disasters

The goal is to develop a program that will continuously improve the practice of Hazard Mitigation based on a set of defined core competencies and project experience. We are currently updating and improving the current 24 modules in the Disaster Risk Reduction Curriculum developed by NHMA, with an initial focus on modules that align with existing FEMA hazard mitigation training modules and identified training priorities. We are partnering with FEMA headquarters and regional offices as well as other collaborating agencies, organizations and universities in developing target audiences and methods/opportunities for course delivery.

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