On Demand: Post-Disaster Recovery in a Changing Climate

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Recorded from the live presentation on September 24, 2014 - Demographic shifts and climate change are making disasters bigger and costlier. Gradually, the nation is moving toward more effective long-term recovery, while communities are working to become more resilient. But greater resilience calls for more sophisticated planning. Do you have the tools for a safer, stronger community? Learn about the next generation of post-disaster recovery planning from the people who wrote the book — and the new edition. This program is also suitable for planning commissioners. Cosponsored by FEMA.

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90 minutes
Date Published
Nov. 1, 2014
American Planning Association

About the Speakers

James Schwab
Mr. Schwab joined the American Planning Association in November 1985. Originally the assistant editor of Planning, APA's monthly magazine, he joined APA’s research department in August 1990. He serves as the co-editor of a monthly publication, Zoning Practice. He is the Manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center in the Chicago office. Mr. Schwab is currently managing two FEMA-funded projects for the Hazards Planning Center. One is the Planning Information Exchange, a series of peer-exchange webinars on hazard mitigation planning, which involves the Association of State Floodplain Managers as a partner organization. The second began in October 2015, Innovations in Planning and Public Engagement for Local Resilience, and involves University of California-San Diego, Placeways LLC, and National Charrette Institute as partners. He is also currently involved in two NOAA-funded projects. One is nationally focused with the Association of State Floodplain Managers as the lead partner; it aims to help communities incorporate climate data into capital improvements planning. The other is led by APA, with Jim as the project manager, and is focused on the Great Lakes, with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the University of Illinois as partners; its purpose is to work with pilot communities in metropolitan Chicago on incorporating climate data into comprehensive plans and capital improvements programs. Both started in 2016. Mr. Schwab was the project manager for “Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation,” an ambitious effort funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to completely rewrite Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment (1998), which APA produced under a cooperative agreement with FEMA. This effort included substantial multimedia web tools including the Recovery News blog and a series of briefing papers. Mr. Schwab was also project manager and general editor for the FEMA-funded APA Planning Advisory Report, Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning, released in May 2010. He was the general editor and project manager for Planning for Drought, a PAS Report released in January 2014 and produced under a subcontract with the University of Nebraska’s National Drought Mitigation Center. Under an APA subcontract with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, he has also been involved in a project providing training and online resources to communities affected by Great Lakes coastal hazards. In 2016, APA also published Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas, a PAS Report project he led with ASFPM as the major partner. Mr. Schwab was the sole author of two PAS Reports in the 1990s, Industrial Performance Standards for a New Century and Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. He served as the project manager for a FEMA-supported project in which APA has developed training for planners on the planning provisions of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and for the Firewise Communities Post-Workshop Assessment. With Stuart Meck, he co-authored the 2005 PAS Report, Planning for Wildfires. He was also the principal investigator and primary author of Tribal Transportation Programs, produced for the Transportation Research Board. He was the project manager and general editor for the PAS Report, Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community Development, released in January 2009, and led the subsequent development of a training workshop based on that report, with a matching grant from the U.S. Forest Service. Finally, Mr. Schwab is APA’s lead representative for its partnership with NOAA’s Digital Coast. Mr. Schwab has worked overseas several times on hazard-related planning: in the Dominican Republic overseeing site planning training in 2001, in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean tsunami, speaking at a disaster recovery conference in Taiwan in 2006, as a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Engineering in New Zealand in 2008, and speaking in May 2013 at a European Union conference on cities and climate change in Venice, Italy. Mr. Schwab is also the author of two books. The first, Raising Less Corn and More Hell: Midwestern Farmers Speak Out, was published in 1988 by the University of Illinois Press. It is an oral history of the farm crisis that affected the Midwest during the 1980s. The second, Deeper Shades of Green: The Rise of Blue-Collar and Minority Environmentalism in America, was released by Sierra Club Books in the fall of 1994. He is presently developing plans for a two-book series about the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods.

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson is an internationally-recognized urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She began her planning career working with San Francisco Bay Area communities that would soon be struck by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Since that time, she has developed an extensive portfolio of disaster resilience and recovery expertise in planning for and rebuilding following earthquakes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and man-made disasters across the U.S. and the world, including the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch New Zealand, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku Japan, the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan China, and 1995 earthquake in Kobe Japan. She authored two chapters of the APA Planning Advisory Service guidebook, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation and is coauthor of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy focus report, After Great Disasters: How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a Doctor of Informatics from Kyoto University, Japan as well as a Master of Urban Planning and B.S. in Geophysics, both from Texas A&M University.

Allison Boyd
Allison Boyd, AICP, specializes in planning for disaster resiliency and community sustainability. Currently, Allison is coordinating continuity of government operations and hazard mitigation planning programs for Multnomah County, Oregon. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Allison managed the Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Initiative in Florida and developed recovery and mitigation plans for numerous communities. Her professional experience includes comprehensive and environmental planning, climate change adaptation, natural hazards mitigation, emergency management, business continuity, and wildfire protection planning.

Kenneth Topping
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