PIE Webinar: Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards

American Planning Association


Thursday, August 15, 2019
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CDT

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The 19th webinar in the series features discussions from Cody Knutson, research professor and drought planning coordinator at the National Drought Mitigation Center, and Jeff Brislawn, CFM, hazard mitigation and emergency management consultant with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. They will discuss approaches to assessing and integrating drought into local hazard mitigation planning. 

Joe DeAngelis, AICP, Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association will moderate, as participants learn about:

  • Specific challenges and opportunities in planning for drought and cascading natural hazards
  • Practical approaches to assessing local and regional drought vulnerability
  • Methods for integrating drought and drought-related impacts into multi-hazard mitigation planning
  • Resources and tools that can help planners and floodplain managers plan for drought in a multi-hazards context


Joseph DeAngelis

Joseph DeAngelis is a planner and Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago. Joseph's primary area of research is in the realm of climate adaptation and community resilience. He is currently working on two NOAA-funded projects related to local climate science integration and community adaptation to climate change impacts. Previously, he was a resiliency planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, where he worked on long-term planning and zoning solutions for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Joseph is also the co-editor of APA's Zoning Practice

Cody Knutson

Dr. Cody Knutson is a Research Professor and the Drought Planning Coordinator at the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With a background in social science and water resources, his work focuses on understanding how people and systems are vulnerable to drought and collaboratively developing strategies, tools, and plans to minimize their drought risk. For more than 20 years, he has worked with agricultural producers, communities, tribes, states, and the federal government on these activities. Dr. Knutson also works regularly with a variety of international agencies on drought-related training and planning activities, and has been a frequently invited speaker and consultant for activities primarily in Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Current work includes collaborating with Native American tribes in the Central and Northern Plains, as well as several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, to conduct drought vulnerability assessments; assisting several states in updating their state drought plans; and bringing together the leading hazard planning agencies in the U.S. to develop more integrated drought risk management guidance documents and web-based planning tools.

Jeffrey Brislawn