Overview of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association and the Disaster Risk Reduction Ambassador Curriculum
NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION ASSOCIATION (NHMA)
NHMA is a national organization of practitioners committed to natural hazard disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of climate adaptation and mitigation.
NHMA members are joined in dedication to help our nation achieve the goal of reducing the devastating costs and impacts of natural hazards thus improving public safety and health, and community well-being, while reducing government expenditures and environmental harm.
NHMA emphasizes the “Whole Community” approach to addressing natural hazard mitigation, and places a special emphasis on protecting underrepresented populations from disaster damage.
Resilient Neighbors Network (RNN) is an NHMA initiative by which limited resources can be leveraged by building a peer-to-peer networking designed to encourage and promote local efforts to build a safer, more resilient future for the nation.
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AMBASSADOR CURRICULUM
DRR Ambassador is the creation of RNN peers and others in the NHMA leadership who recognize the need for information, knowledge of best practices, and analytic tools to enable better-informed decisions about the many facets of DRR.
FEMA Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Grants support the major efforts of NHMA members who volunteer their expertise to this initiative by providing funds for developing the DRR Ambassador Curriculum within a DHS-approved instructional systems design process.
Extensive research and analysis validated the need for and interest in a DRR Ambassador Curriculum that can provide effective and meaningful information, resources, and training to community staff and volunteer and stakeholder groups, essential to the vision of “Whole Community” engagement in DRR and community resilience. (See Final Report Task 3 NHMA DRR Ambassador Curriculum, NHMA/FEMA CTP 2014-2015)
Curriculum development is underway with continued NHMA member expertise and contractor support made possible by the FEMA CTP Grant.
The goal of the DRR Ambassador Curriculum is to facilitate DRR efforts for the “Whole Community” by:
1. Engaging in discussion of how disasters can be reduced through local action
2. Sharing insights among local leaders and technical experts to enable the development of cross-functional solutions
3. Acquiring the best-available information, knowledge of best practices, and analytic tools to enable better-informed decisions before, during, and after disasters
The target audience includes those involved in community development decision-making, such as local community staff, volunteer and stakeholder groups, and federal and state officials.
Varied delivery methods will provide multiple options for access by the target audience. DRR Ambassador modules will be available via webinars presented by NHMA or partner organizations, presented in conferences and/or classrooms by qualified instructor(s), or downloadable for individual study from the NHMA website.