Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop

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The annual gathering of hazard mitigation stakeholders is an opportunity to share updates about mitigation grants and floodplain management, build stronger partnerships, and collaborate with FEMA.

Date: February 5, 2024 - February 8, 2024

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Event Details

The 2024 Hazard Mitigation Partners Workshop, All Together for Climate Resilient Communities: Equity, Partnerships, Capability & Capacity, will bring together more than 1500 participants from federal agencies, states, local communities, tribes and territories, as well as private sector entities, non-profit organizations, and others who work in emergency management, floodplain management, and hazard mitigation.


Daily themes:

Monday, February 5, 2024: Equity

Tuesday, February 6, 2024: Partnerships

Wednesday, February 7, 2024: Capacity & Capability Building

Thursday, February 8, 2024: Hazard Mitigation and Floodplain Management Training Sessions


2024 Hazard Mitigation Partners Virtual Workshop Agenda

Day 1

Equity: Whole Community Successes Through Working Together

Monday, February 5, 2024, Noon to 3:45 p.m. ET




Opening RemarksFEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell
Words of InspirationKentucky Governor Andy Beshear (invited)
Plenary Session: Moving Towards More Equitable Mitigation

Moderator: Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director Marcus Coleman

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Co-Director Nikki Cooley

FEMA Region 3, Mitigation Division, Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist Maggie Dunn

FEMA Office of External Affairs, National Tribal Affairs Advocate Kelbie Kennedy

1:10 p.m.


1:25 p.m.


Session 1A: Community Disaster Resilience ZonesFEMA, Office of Resilience Strategy, Senior Policy Advisor Jeanine Petterson
Session 1B: Climate 101FEMA, Office of Resilience Strategy, Senior Policy Advisor Jeanine Petterson
Session 2: Advancing Equitable Planning and Resilience Through Solutions-Based Federal Partnership: FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation 

FEMA, Hazard Mitigation Specialist Katherine Baum


Session 3A: Applying CISA’s Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework to Hazard Mitigation for Rural Water and Wastewater Systems – A Kentucky Case Study 

CISA/IAA, Resilience Services Branch Analyst Spencer Whitaker


Session 3B: Sustainable Post-Typhoon Merbok Mitigation Efforts in Underserved Western Alaska 


The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Masters in Homeland Security and Disaster Management, retired USCG Captain Daryl Schaffer

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Center for Arctic Security & Resilience Deputy Director Dr. John Pennington

Session 4: Mitigation Planning Policy Changes: Planning for Climate Change and Equitable Outcomes FEMA, Planning and Safety Branch Emergency Management Specialist, Lorena Reyes

2:25 p.m.


2:35 p.m.


Session 1: Building Better Buyouts: Perspectives from Lived and Learned ExperienceNatural Resources Defense Council, People & Communities Program Senior Policy Analyst Anna Weber
Session 2: Tribal Mitigation Planning Policy Update – Tribal Feedback SessionFEMA, Planning and Safety Branch Community Planner Cathleen Carlisle
Session 3A: Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation  

National Housing Trust, Policy and Solutions Managing Director Danielle Arigoni
Session 3B: Shelter from the Storm: Flood Resilience with and for Unsheltered Communities

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Water Resources Planner Lindsay Floyd

USACE, Flood Risk Program Manager Jessica Ludy

Session 4: Equitable Resilience Through Beyond-Code Construction

Smart Home America, President and CEO Julie Shiyou-Woodard

3:35 p.m.


Daily Wrap UpFEMA, Mitigation Deputy Assistant Administrator Eric Letvin

Day 2

Partnerships Come Together in Climate Resilience

Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Noon to 3:45 p.m. ET



Opening RemarksFEMA Office of External Affairs, Director of External Affairs Justin Knighten
Words of InspirationFEMA, Resilience Strategy Assistant Administrator Samantha Medlock
Plenary Session: Leveraging Partners to Build Whole Community Resilience


Moderator: FEMA, Community and Private Partner Outreach Denver Applehans

FEMA, Acting Director of Strategic Communications and Partnerships Laura Cirillo  
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, Mitigation Planning Director Jennifer Gerbasi.
Pew Charitable Trusts, Flood-Prepared Communities Officer Kristiane Huber

1:10 p.m.


1:25 p.m.


Session 1: Creative Sector Collaboration: The Key to Achieving Equity in Mitigation Planning          

National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response Executive Director Jan Newcomb

Air Collaborative, Executive Director Beth Flowers

Session 2: Leveraging Department of Defense (DOD) Funding as a Non-Federal Match for Mutually Beneficial Nature-Based Solutions

Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, Community Investment Deputy Director Dan Glasson.
Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation – Installation Resilience Program Activity Lead Margit Myers

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment) REPI Projects and Resources Director Andy Porth

Session 3A: Promoting Equity and Partnerships in Mitigation: Opportunities Through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)FEMA, Regional Support Team Program Analyst Melanie Perello
Session 3B: Advancing Building Codes and Breaking Down Barriers


FEMA, Policy and Regulations Section Program Analyst Cliona Roberts.

FEMA, Building Science Branch Lead Physical Scientist John Ingargiola

Session 4A: Coordinating Regional Resilience Partners to Integrate Future Climate Flood Risk in Vulnerable Coastal New Hampshire CommunitiesNH Coastal Program, Resilience Project Manager Jennifer Gilbert
Session 4B: Incorporating Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Compliance into Wildfire Mitigation GrantsFEMA, Environmental Office, FEMA Grant Programs Liaison Caroline Walz

2:25 p.m.


2:35 p.m.


Session 1: Exceptions to the Rules: Growing Mitigation Partnerships and Opportunities Throughout Alaska

FEMA, Risk Analysis Branch Community Planner Jennifer N. Adleman


Session 2: HMA RoundtableFEMA, Risk Analysis Branch Community Planner Jennifer N. Adleman

Session 3: FPM Roundtable


FEMA, Risk Analysis Branch Community Planner Jennifer N. Adleman

3:35 p.m.

Daily Wrap UpFEMA, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Director (Acting) Gerilee Bennett

Day 3

Building Skills to Foster Action: Capability and Capacity

Wednesday, February 7, 2024, Noon to 3:45 p.m. ET




Opening RemarksFEMA, Hazard Mitigation Assistant Administrator Derrick Hiebert
Words of InspirationSpeaker: FEMA, Resilience Deputy Administrator Victoria Salinas
Plenary Session: Capability & Capacity as Key Elements to Building Whole Community Resilience

Moderator: FEMA, Mitigation Deputy Assistant Administrator Eric Letvin

Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Direct Support & Innovation Director Kristin Baja

International Code Council (ICC), Innovation Vice President Ryan Colker 

FEMA, Non-Disaster Grants Implementation Branch Chief Ryan Janda

FEMA, Region 3 Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch Supervisory Community Planner Mari Radford

1:10 p.m.


1:25 p.m.


Session 1: FEMA Partners Driving Change in Hazard Mitigation

FEMA, Assistant Administrator, Hazard Mitigation Directorate Derrick Hiebert

ASFPM, Executive Director Chad Berginnis

National Hazard Mitigation Association, Chairman, Board of Directors Gary O’Neal

Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Executive Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council Chasity Schmelzenbach 

Maryland Department of Emergency Management, Secretary Russell J. Strickland

Session 2: Putting Mitigation Plans into Action

FEMA Region 3, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Branch Section Supervisor Sarah Cobelli

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) State Hazard Mitigation Officer Tom Hughes

FEMA Region 3, Hazard Mitigation Planning Unit Supervisor Meesh Zucker

Session 3A: Documenting Compliance with the Build America, Buy America Act 

FEMA, Policy Branch Supervisory Program Specialist Nielsen R. Leon

FEMA, Policy Branch Program Specialist Flor Manzanares

Session 3B: Designing Approachable, Accessible, and Adaptable Flood Risk Communications: Updates to the Community Officials ToolkitResilience Action Partners, Senior Technical Specialist Lisa Messano

2:25 p.m.




2:35 p.m.


Session 1: Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF: Applicant Experience Roundtable 


FEMA, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division Program Analyst Melissa Gallegos


Session 2: Applying Climate Information to Risk Management

FEMA, Engineering Resources Branch Emergency Management Specialist Sarah Abdelrahim

FEMA, Resilience Offices Supervisory Physical Scientist Quentin Cummings

NOAA, Communication, Education & Engagement Division Chief David Herring

NOAA, Learning Product Development Program Manager Josh Murphy

NOAA, Programs Assistant Director Summer Morlock

White House Office of Science and Technology, Policy Services Deputy Director and US Global Change Research Program Climate Services Assistant Director Julian Reyes

FEMA, Planning and Safety Branch Emergency Management Specialist Shubha Shrivastava 

Session 3: Delivering Direct Technical Assistance: Lessons Learned from the Field   FEMA, BRIC TEAM 3 Management Analyst Josh Human
Session 4: NFIP Compliance Audit UpdateFEMA, Floodplain Management Division Emergency Management Specialist Sarah Owen

3:35 p.m.


Daily Wrap Up and Knowledge Exchange Roundtables


FEMA, Floodplain Management Division Director Rachel Sears



Day 4

State Training Day: Floodplain Management

Participation in this training is by invitation for FEMA HQ and Regional Staff and State partners only. If you are a State or FEMA staff and would like an invitation, please contact Heidi M. Carlin, CFM.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Training

Thursday, February 8, 2024, Noon to 3:45 p.m. ET



An Overview of the National Hazard Mitigation Association Courses Related to HMA Grants

Pennsylvania SHMO Tom Hughes

NHMA, Director Prevention and Mitigation Nickea Bradley

12:55 p.m.


Assessing Hazard Mitigation Projects for Cost-Effectiveness

FEMA, Program Analyst Michelle Buckley

FEMA, Program Analyst Brian Iwaniuk

1:45 p.m.




1:55 p.m.

FEMA GO – Tips and Tricks

FEMA, Supervisory Program Analyst Matthew Hinton

FEMA, Emergency Management Specialist Shawn Servoss

2:45 p.m.

FEMA GO - Tips and Tricks (Repeated)


FEMA, Supervisory Program Analyst Matthew Hinton

FEMA, Emergency Management Specialist Shawn Servoss

Event Contact

For questions about the HM Partners Workshop, please email fema-2023hmpartnersworkshop@fema.dhs.gov.

For media inquiries, please email FEMA-News-Desk@fema.dhs.gov.

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