Reducing Flooding Hazards through Citizen Engagement
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Learn about the different public participation and outreach methods used when discussing flooding issues and citizen responsibilities.
Distinguish between the different types of methods to use dependent on the scale of the audience, when trying to educate the public to better understand flood hazard mitigation.
Understand the importance of changing the mindset away from large structural mitigation measures that are costly for many communities, and may not offer full protection when there is an increased viability of severe natural hazards.
There is a growing national effort to educate the public on flood hazard mitigation. The shift in mindset comes from severe loss and damages that have occurred due to the increased viability of natural hazards and disasters. It is no longer a feasible option to just rely on large costly structural mitigation projects that need constant operation and maintenance. It has become too costly for many communities, and the projects may not offer full protection. Citizens need to be engaged in the process and learn what their role is in helping to reduce losses from flooding. Terri Turner, AICP, CFM, Stephen Villavaso, FAICP, J.D., and Theresa Pinto AICP, CFM, PMP will discuss their experiences and some specific projects where the main goal of the public participation and outreach was to sensitize and educating citizens on flood hazard mitigation.
, University of Arizona
Confirmed SpeakerLynndsay O'Neill is a Planner for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (Arizona). She graduated from the University of Arizona in December 2015, with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Built Environments, from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. Lynndsay currently works in the Policy, Planning & Coordination Branch. A few of her many job duties include tracking legislation, searching for alternative funding opportunities, helping dependent communities with permitting and Community Rating System audits, preparing outreach materials, as well as, managing special projects.
, Maricopa County Flood Control Dist
Confirmed SpeakerTheresa Pinto has been working for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County for almost 20 years. Since 2004, she has been a Project Manager overseeing planning and environmental projects including Area Drainage Master Studies/Plans (ADMS/ADMPs). These studies and plans include identifying the flood hazards and risks, working with the public and stakeholders to identify alternatives, and developing recommended plans to reduce the flood risks. Prior to being a Project Manager, she was an Environmental Planner which included conducting ecological assessments, creating and implementing habitat restoration plans, obtaining environmental permits, hazardous waste investigation and remediation, and overseeing archeological studies. She has also worked in the private sector as an environmental consultant, research assistant, and in sales. Theresa holds a Bachelor in Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Forestry, with an emphasis on wildlife ecology, from Northern Arizona University. She is an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
, Villavaso & Associates, LLC
, New Orleans
Confirmed SpeakerForty-two years of concentrated and innovative application of the skills of professional urban and regional planning as required by local, regional and national issues and projects, including innovative approaches to land use, zoning, Smart Growth planning techniques, brownfields and grantwriting for professional planners. CEO of Villavaso & Associates, LLC, a Louisiana Professional planning consulting firm since 1992. Currently composed of six professional planners working on dozens of zoning (code writing and updates) and planning projects (Master Plan updates and new Comprehensive Plans) across the state of Louisiana. Also an Adjunct Professor of Land Use and Zoning Law at the University of New Orleans for the past twent-six years and Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyoal Univeristy, School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana. Alos couurent member of FAICP and member (retired) of the Louisian Bar for twenty-five years. Served APA leadership for more than two decades as Chapter Presidnet and several other local and national positions.
, City of Myrtle Beach Planning
, Myrtle Beach
Confirmed SpeakerAllison Hardin, CFM is a city planner with the City of Myrtle Beach. Her 26-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business operations and emergency services. She has been a longstanding partner in, and supporter of, NOAA's Digital Coast project; served as chair of both the SC Association for Hazard Mitigation and state Arc GIS users group; and served four years as a co-chair for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)’s Coastal Issues subcommittee. In recent years, Allison has made presentations on climate change impacts and community resilience to everyone from civic groups to Congressional staff. In 2012, Allison was presented with the Award for Planning Awareness by the SC chapter of the American Planning Association for her work to promote resilient community practices. Besides her BS degree from Appalachian State University, she has received training in adult learning methods through the Emergency Management Institute and on-the-job training as a first responder and emergency medical training grant coordinator for seven counties in western NC. Allison is a FEMA-certified instructor for Community Resilience, Climate Adaptation Planning, Coastal Flood Risk Reduction, Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery, Disaster Awareness for Community Leaders, and Hurricane Awareness with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), located at the University of Hawai'i. She currently serves as the Chair of the Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Recovery Division of the American Planning Association (APA).