Hazards Planning Research Center


Training and technical assistance for planners and allied professionals.

Planning Flood-Resilient Communities

The Hazards Planning Research Center has been involved in the development and presentation of the first Planners Training Service One-Day Workshop, "Planning Flood-Resilient Communities," which was conducted in 2011 in both Chicago and Nashville. Learn about upcoming workshops in Chicago and Kansas City this year.

Planning for a Disaster-Resistant Community

The Hazards Planning Research Center has continued work begun by the APA Research Department under a contract with FEMA in 2002 to develop a one-day training workshop on hazard mitigation planning for practicing planners. In addition to being hosted by APA chapters, regional planning agencies, and others, it has been a feature of the APA National Planning Conference each year as one of the AICP Professional Development workshops. FEMA and APA envision major revisions and updates to this workshop in coming years as a Phase II follow-up to the current research project on "Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning."

Presentation to Floodplain Managers

Jim Schwab, AICP, Manager of the APA Hazards Planning Research Center, will present a two-hour training workshop, "Leave No Plan Behind: Integrating Hazard Mitigation into the Planning Process," at the annual Association of State Floodplain Managers national conference in San Antonio, at the Marriott San Antonio Riverside Hotel, May 21, 2012, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Presentation at APA National Planning Conference

APA's 2012 National Planning Conference will highlight the Hazards Planning Research Center's current FEMA-funded project with a session using the same title: Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery. Moderated by Kathleen W. Smith of FEMA, the session is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.