In April, FEMA Region VIII completed the Reducing Losses through Higher Regulatory Standards Losses Avoided Study on the September 2013 flood event in Colorado, which includes a Best Practices and Cost Effective Strategies Report, trifold, and PowerPoint presentation. The report, case study, and trifold have been uploaded to the FEMA Region 8 cloud. The study evaluated scenarios including regulating freeboard, restricting building of residences and critical facilities in regulatory floodplains, and controlling development in erosion zones. In addition to regulations, the study investigated how the adoption of regulations over time affected losses, and how CRS scores affected NFIP claims and policies. Thanks to Matt Buddie for forwarding.
Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars FEMA, the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) are partnering to offer a free, eight-part quarterly webinar series to share challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The purpose of the webinar series is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and the exchange of information among a national and even international audience. The planning information exchange will focus on multi-hazard mitigation planning but also emphasize its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM will act as co-conveners of all webinars and will select topics and presenters. The first webinar, The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery, will occur May 6, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET). Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM. Click Here for more information and to register for upcoming webinars. Thanks to Teresa Patterson for forwarding.