Session 2.7 Increasing Risk Awareness Following the 2017 Natural Disasters: Leveraging FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Process

APA Federal Planning Division


Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. CDT

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In light of the back to back catastrophic disasters of 2017 including hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma, the California wildfires and mudslides, there is a current window of opportunity open to profoundly help people recognize their risk and help them act upon it to make themselves safer. The goal of this session is to highlight how an existing planning process, hazard mitigation plans administered through FEMA’s Mitigation Planning Program, can be leveraged as a tool to engage in risk reduction discussions with planners from many different perspectives at a community-wide scale. Land use planning, natural resource, transportation, economic, and other planning sectors are all key stakeholders in reducing risk to natural hazards and developing outreach strategies to encourage behavior change. These existing mitigation plans are being utilized currently to help shape the way people think about the risk they face in their communities and have potential for doing more to bring these sectors together to address changing and future conditions and building partnerships to leverage resources ahead of the next big event.

 Best practices, lessons learned, and the potential to do more will be shared from FEMA Regions 8, 9, and 10 to the audience and FPD members. Room will be left in the session for conversations among participants and the panel with the intent of sharing information, building off of existing ideas, answering questions, and potentially identifying other areas of supporting federal, state, and local planners by leveraging existing planning processes.


Kate Skaggs

Mitigation Planner with Resilience Action Partners in Region 10 Read More

Nicole Aimone

Lead Community Planner with FEMA Region 8.

Alison Kearns

Community Planner, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 9 Read More

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