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2021 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop

2021 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop

The Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop is the annual gathering of hazard mitigation stakeholders with the purpose of informing and updating them about mitigation grants and floodplain management, strengthening those relationships, and providing knowledge transfer between FEMA and invited attendees.

Date: May 3, 2021 - May 6, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Virtual

Event Details

The Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop offered both Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) and Floodplain Management (FPM) tracks. View the full HM Partners Workshop Program.

Agenda

Resilience

Resilience, Equity, and Future Conditions – Connecting FEMA’s Strategic Vision with the Community Perspective (Day 1, Resilience, Opening Presentation)

FEMA leaders discuss how the week's focus on resilience, equity and future conditions aligns with FEMA's vision and mission. 

Building from a Strong Foundation – Celebrating Success Stories in Mitigation and Resilience   (Day 1, Resilience) This session highlights accomplishments, celebrates lessons learned and spotlights success stories that provide a snapshot of the journey towards resilience.

Taking a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: Observations on Resilience and FEMA’s Programs   (Day 1, Resilience) This session focuses on the intersection of stakeholder experiences with resilience and FEMA’s policies and programs.  

Concurrent Sessions A 

Branch Chief Round Table: HMA Updates (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session A, Topic 1, HMA Track) This round table discusses the overarching goals of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program, particularly Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Public Assistance (PA) mitigation.

Branch Chief Round Table: FPM Updates (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session A, Topic 2, FPM Track) The overarching goals of the Floodplain Management Planning (FPM) Division are discussed by a roundtable of experts.

Overview of the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session A, Topic 3, NMIS)

This session focuses on the Investment Strategy as it ties into resilience planning.

Base Level Engineering & North Dakota Risk Assessment MapService (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session A, Topic 4, NDRAM) Learn about North Dakota’s Base Level Engineering efforts and how the dataset is impacting the various FEMA grant programs along with the public and private sectors.

Concurrent Sessions B 

Tribal Mitigation: Challenges, Successes, and the Future (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session B, Topic 1, HMA Track)

Learn the importance of tribal mitigation projects, their challenges and successes, and how the HMA Division can support learn and grow from these challenges and successes to help support the future.

Partnerships in Disaster Response and Resiliency (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session B, Topic 2, Track FPM) This presentation discusses the challenges associated with a community's largest flood disaster and discuss the challenges from the community’s perspective.

Hazard Mitigation Under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session B, Topic 3, IHP) This presentation describes hazard mitigation assistance that FEMA will begin providing directly to eligible applicants under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).This assistance will be provided for specific real property items damaged by a presidentially-declared disaster for applicants eligible for IHP home repair assistance.

Forging Non-Traditional Mitigation Partnerships: Engaging Building Code Officials to Increase Community Resilience (Day 1—Resilience, Concurrent Session B, Topic 4) This session discusses the importance of building code adoption in the greater scheme of FEMA's strategic goal of preparedness.

Daily Wrap Up: Reflection (Day 1—Resilience, End-of-Day Remarks) This session is a reflection from FEMA leadership on the discussions and learnings from Day 1 (Resilience) and provide an opportunity for participants to share their reflection, too.

Equity

Plenary - Toward a More Equitable Future for Mitigation (Day 2—Equity, Opening Presentation) This session discusses the importance of equity in mitigation, and the impact that equity has on historically marginalized communities. The session explores the possibilities of what could be for FIMA in a more equitable future.

Plenary - Equity Matters: Defining Equity through a Mitigation Lens (Day 2—Equity) During this panel session mitigation leaders from across the country explore the "Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government" and their own personal observations and experiences to help listeners develop a common understanding and shared lexicon of what equity means in the mitigation context.

Plenary - Learning from the Past | Rising to the Occasion: A Discussion on Creating Success in Equity in the Mitigation Space (Day 2—Equity) In this discussion, panelists weave in stories and perspectives about equity in relation to FEMA’s mission to help individuals prepare for disasters.

Concurrent Sessions A 

Resource Alignment to Fund Mitigation Activities (BCA Challenges) (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session A, Topic 1, HMA Track) This session focuses on the challenges of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) as it pertains to small and impoverished communities.

The Hidden World of Hazard Mitigation: Utilizing Data Analytics to Uncover New Approaches to Mitigation (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session A, Topic 2, FPM) Utilizing critical and innovative data analytics, Floodplain Management explains how they explore communities in a new light.

Applied Hazard Mitigation Research: A National Survey of State Hazard Mitigation Officers (SHMOs) and a Comparative Study of Buyouts in the United States and New Zealand (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session A, Topic 3)

This presentation focuses on the results of a national survey conducted with state hazard mitigation officers in states and territories. It also discusses a series of interviews with local officials in the United States and New Zealand communities who were responsible for the management of hazard-prone housing acquisition or “buyout,” programs.

Funding Strategies for Communities (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session A, Topic 4) During this session we focus on how FEMA’s Investment Strategy aligns with its mission. We touch on subjects like grant programs, cost share, and or the STORM Act.

Concurrent Sessions B 

Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session B, Topic 1, HMA Track) Join the Resilient Nation Partnership Network, Houston Office of Emergency Management, and the National League of Cities for a discussion on advancing equitable resilience.

Advancing NFIP Access: OFIA’s Initiative and Contribution to FIMA’s More Equitable Future (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session B, Topic 2) Join the conversation on the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate’s (OFIA) initiative to expand National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) access to those who have not yet utilized or realized all of its resources.

The Roadmap to Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session B, Topic 3) This panel session brings together the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) team to discuss mitigation and energy resilience planning through partnerships and outreach.

Acquisitions for Open Space (Day 2—Equity, Concurrent Session B, Topic 4) This presentation covers the chronology of FEMA’s acquisition program since the start of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), in 1989.  Included, there is a review of various facets of acquisition regulations - 44 CFR, Part 80 and guidance – HMA Policy Guidance Addendum of 2015, governing program implementation. Some of the recent challenges with program implementation are also covered.

Daily Wrap Up: Reflection (Day 2—Equity, End-of-Day Remarks) This session is a reflection from FEMA leadership on the discussions and learnings from Day 2 (Equity) and provides an opportunity for participants to share their reflections, too.

Future Conditions

Plenary: Future Conditions and FEMA’s Role in Building Resilience (Day 3—Future Conditions, Opening Presentation) During this session leaders in the space unpack the complex nature of planning and preparing for future condition that will impact the American people.

Plenary: Critical Actions to Address Future Conditions (Day 3—Future Conditions) During this session presenters provide context on the current state of factors that impact future conditions as well as the science and expected trajectory of each. Through the moderated panel, speakers identify critical actions that can be taken to address future conditions.

Plenary: Planning for the Expected Unknown (Day 3—Future Conditions) This session convenes a collection of key stakeholders who offer perspectives and paths forward for addressing future conditions.

Concurrent Sessions A 

The Role of Nature-Based Solutions in Mitigation and FEMA's Strategic Vision (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session A, HMA Track) This is a high-level discussion of FEMA's HMA Programs and where nature-based solutions fit into the broader picture of resilience, mitigation and future conditions.

Investing in Nature-Based Solutions (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session A, Topic 2, FPM Track) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) shares successes and challenges in delivering natural and nature-based solutions for coastal community resilience.

Infrastructure Resiliency and Climate Change: Enhancing Resilience to Future Storm Impacts in Boulder County, CO (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session A, Topic 3) This session discusses best practices and lessons learned about infrastructure and its importance to communities. Specifically, we discuss how climate change impacts future hazards and comprehensive planning for communities.

Partnering with Your State Coastal Management Program to Achieve Resilience Priorities in Coastal Communities (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session A, Topic 4) This panel highlights several examples of recent and ongoing partnerships between state hazard mitigation officials and their coastal program partners to achieve shared coastal resilience priorities.

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Concurrent Sessions B 

Research and Practice at the Intersection of Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Planning (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session B, Topic 1, HMA Track) This session provides several perspectives around efforts that enable states and communities to incorporate future climate and environmental change impacts in their mitigation planning activities.

Resilience through Compliance: FEMA's Post-Disaster Substantial Damage Initiatives  (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session B, Topic 2, FPM Track) Rebuilding after a flood provides an opportunity to make buildings stronger and safer. The primary goal is to reduce risk from future floods.

State Foresters (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session B, Topic 3) This session focuses on opportunities for improving communications at the state level between emergency management agencies and state foresters focused on wildfire.

 

Building Resilience to Climate Hazards through Integrated Funding and Implementation in Buffalo, NY (Day 3—Future Conditions, Concurrent Session B, Topic 4) This session discusses the convergence of innovative funding and partnerships when building community resilience.

Daily Wrap Up: Reflection (Day 3—Future Conditions, End-of-Day Presentation) This session is a reflection from FEMA leadership on the discussions and learnings from Day 3 (Future Conditions) and provides an opportunity for participants to share their reflections, too.

Training Day

HMA Session A

HMA Training: HMA Training: FEMA GO – Tips and Tricks (Day 4, Session A) This session includes a brief introduction for new users of the FEMA Grants Outcomes (GO) Grants Management system, lessons learned for next year, and plenty of time for questions and answers. The intended audience for this training is current FEMA GO users or state, local, territorial, and tribal representatives interested in applying for BRIC or FMA grants.

HMA Session B 

HMA Training: Starting Your Mitigation Story with Scoping Your Plan/Plan Update (Day 4, Session B) Right-sizing the scope of work of your plan/plan update can help prepare better sub-applications for planning grants, leading to better planning and better mitigation outcomes for your community. Join us for a collaborative planning and grants session to learn how to effectively scope your next planning process. The intended audience for this training is state, local, territorial and tribal representatives that are going to undertake a hazard mitigation planning process.

HMA Session C 

HMA Training: HMA Project Application Pitfalls (Day 4, Session C) This training provides information on common Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance grant application errors and how to avoid them. The intended audience for this training is state, local, territorial and tribal representatives who are interested in applying for these types of grants.

HMA Session D 

HMA Training: Build Back Better Using Public Assistance Mitigation Funding (Day 4, Session D) Learn the basics about how Public Assistance funding can be used to build back better after disasters. This session discusses some background about PA Mitigation (sometimes called “406 Mitigation”), what’s eligible for funding, and addresses some common misunderstandings. The intended audience for this training is state, local, territorial, and tribal representatives, as well as FEMA staff who are interested in learned more about Public Assistance Mitigation.

Event Contact

For questions about the HM Partners Workshop, please email fema-2021hmworkshop@fema.dhs.gov.

Last updated August 6, 2021