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 2017 Coffee Break



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December 8, 201710am-11am PSTInforming Recovery through Mitigation Planning
A key goal of both hazard mitigation and recovery is increasing resilience. Although these two activities differ in many respects, this shared objective of increased resilience allows mitigation and recovery planning to reinforce one another and leverage greater benefits within the development of plans, and programs or projects. Because both mitigation and recovery planning can be carried out pre-disaster, there is generally ample time to coordinate activities and promote more widespread attention to resilience.
Join the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation and Recovery Planning Team, and guest speakers as we review opportunities for integration, review examples, and identify resources.
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 Past Webinar Recordings and Materials

November 17, 2017Integrating Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans into Local PlanningDownload the presentation, Safe Growth Audit, and all other documents from the webinar.
Local plans, such as the comprehensive plan, economic development plan, and transportation plan, establish policies that are intended to guide a community’s day-to-day land use decisions and capital facilities expenditures. These policies have a major impact on whether people and property are exposed to natural hazards as well as the extent to which they are vulnerable to injury and damage. Therefore, it is imperative that these policies are based on best available hazard data, including the nature of local hazards, the vulnerability of people and property, and the potential destruction that can be caused by these hazards. This hazard data is the foundation on which natural hazard mitigation plans are developed.

Join the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Team and guest speakers as we look at opportunities for integration, review examples, and identify resources to integrate plans into local plans.

Guest Speakers

Jay Wilson is the Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator with the Department of Emergency Management and spearheads the County's efforts to reduce risks and assess hazards including flood, earthquake, wildfire, volcano, and tsunami hazards, and climate change impacts. He has also lead sustainable recovery planning efforts between local, state and federal government agencies in working with the community groups affected by the January 16, 2011 flood event on the upper Sandy River. Mr. Wilson is the Chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) and currently serves as a Disaster Resilience Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Wilson has participated as local emergency management practitioner on EERI Government and Societal impacts reconnaissance team for Tohoku, Japan Tsunami disaster. He was previously employed as the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program Coordinator at Oregon Emergency Management, worked as a FEMA Disaster Reservist Branch Chief, conducting Community Education and Outreach support for Hazard Mitigation Programs and was an earthquake policy analyst for the Cities of Berkeley and Oakland, CA. Jay has a M.A. in geography and a B.A. in film.

Molly Mowery is president of Wildfire Planning International, a consulting firm dedicated to helping communities increase their resilience to wildfire. Molly is a certified land use planner and has fifteen years of experience working with communities on the challenges of sustainability, environmental planning and the wildland-urban interface. Molly frequently presents on the topic of wildfire planning and recently developed the new Land Use Planning for Wildfire training course for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also serves as the lead planner on the national Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program. Molly earned a Bachelor’s degree from Naropa University and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
October 27, 2017​Addressing Social Equity / Vulnerable Populations through Mitigation PlanningView the webinar recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation, equity tool, and more for the webinar
Throughout the development and implementation of a community's natural hazards mitigation plan, there are opportunities to recognize key equity issues. For example, did the plan recognize the need to remedy the potential inequity of poorer populations being exposed to more hazardous locations, as an outcome of their lower incomes rather than of conscious choice. Planning teams are responsible for ensuring the public engagement process reaches all populations in the community and criteria is established so that mitigation strategies are designed to meet the needs of underserved populations. This webinar will provide examples and resources to improve your community's mitigation planning process.

Joining us are Jonna Papaefthimiou, Planner with City of Portland who used an Equity Analysis Screening tool to review mitigation strategies in their 2015 plan update; Himanshu Grover (AICP), Co-Director of the Institute for Hazard Mitigation and Planning, University of Washington, who will discuss the opportunities for communities to address social equity through the mitigation planning process.
September 22, 2017​Establishing the Tribal Mitigation Planning FrameworkView webinar recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation for the September webinar
FEMA Region 10 supports 271 tribes of which many have proactively developed a tribal mitigation plan. Tribal mitigation planning provides the framework for a multidisciplinary approach to natural hazards risk reduction. Join the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning team as we provide an overview on tribal mitigation planning and guest speakers discuss how their respective tribes have approached mitigation planning. Topics include
• Tribal mitigation planning requirements
• The similarities and differences between tribal requirements and state/local planning requirements
• Technical assistance to develop mitigation plan
• Funding available to develop a plan/implement projects
August 25, 2017Incorporating Climate Adaptation into Natural Hazards Mitigation PlanningView webinar recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation and materials for the August webinar
Addressing ‘climate change’ at the local, state, or Tribal-level may feel like trying to tackle an amorphous idea, on top of an already heavy work load. The natural hazards mitigation plan, however, can provide a structured format for addressing specific impacts of climate change within existing planning efforts; and provide a starting point for linking with other planning mechanisms. This webinar will explore the potential of the plan and the planning process for addressing climate science and adaptation options. Topics covered will include where to find data on climate change impacts, how to prioritize specific impacts for your community, and examples of integrating data into the hazard risk assessments and mitigation actions.

Guest Speakers:
• Michael Cardwell, Community Services Director, Quinault Indian Nation
• Dan Rizza, Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central

Join the FEMA Region 10 mitigation planning team as the benefits of integrating future conditions into hazard mitigation plans are explored, and examples are provided.

1 CFM credit is available.
July 28, 2017​Developing an Effective Mitigation StrategyView Webinar Recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation and materials for the webinar
The heart of any natural hazards mitigation plan is the mitigation strategy. The strategy serves as the long-term blueprint for reducing your potential losses identified in the risk assessment. The mitigation strategy describes how you will accomplish the overall purpose of the planning process. This webinar will explore how to connect your risk and capability assessments with your mitigation strategy, engage specific audiences in developing the strategy, and the process to identify and prioritize specific actions to reduce risk.
Join the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Team as we look at the mitigation strategy components, review specific Region 10 examples, and identify resources to assist with developing your mitigation plan strategy.
June 23, 2017​Integrating Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans and Community Wildfire Protection PlansView Webinar Recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation and materials from the webinar
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans (NHMP) and Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) both benefit communities striving to reduce risk to natural hazards. Though one plan is focused on the wildfire hazard and other is focused on multi-natural hazards, the requirements of what needs to be in the plans are similar. As a result, some communities have chosen to integrate the two planning documents. Join the FEMA Region 10 mitigation planning team as we highlight the benefits of integration, steps communities can take to integrate their current NHMP and CWPP, and how the state agencies can work together to achieve plan integration.

Joining us are Idaho Department of Lands and Idaho Emergency Management staff who have developed a process in Idaho to work with communities in plan integration, as well as a plan review process between the two state agencies.
May 26, 2017​Performing Natural Hazard Risk AssessmentsView Recording (Closed Captioning)Download presentation and materials from the webinar
Risk assessments form the factual basis for community/tribal natural hazard mitigation plans. In addition to informing the mitigation strategy, the risk assessment can be used to establish emergency preparedness and response priorities, for land use and comprehensive planning, and for decision making by elected officials, city and county departments, businesses, and organizations in your community.

Join the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Team as we show you how to go through the natural hazard risk assessment process, identify available data and stakeholder resources for conducting risk assessments, and provide insight into how to use the risk assessment.

Guest Speakers from Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will show examples of their risk assessment process and products
April 21, 2017Developing FEMA Mitigation Planning GrantsView Recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation and materials from the webinar
Join us to learn about:
• FEMA planning grants offered through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program
• Best practices in developing a planning grant scope of work
• Fundable planning activities
• Process to developing and applying for a FEMA planning grant, whether through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program.

Guest Speakers
• Steven Randolph, FEMA Region 10 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Senior Specialist
• Angie Lane, Oregon State Hazard Mitigation Officer
• Susan Cleverley, Idaho State Hazard Mitigation Officer
March 31, 2017Effective Public Engagement in Mitigation PlanningView recording (Closed Captioning)Download the presentation and materials from the webinar
What is your community's mitigation outreach strategy? What stakeholders do you engage throughout the mitigation planning process? Do you engage both internal and external audiences? What techniques work best for your community?

A plan that accurately reflects the community’s values and priorities is likely to have greater legitimacy and “buy-in”, and greater success in implementing mitigation actions and projects to reduce risk. Planning teams need to ensure that stakeholders and the general public are given opportunities to be involved during the planning process and in the plan’s maintenance and implementation.

In this webinar, the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning team will look at various options in developing a mitigation plan outreach strategy that engage both internal stakeholders and the public. We will look at examples of surveys, websites, world café, and other means to engage the public.
February 24, 2017Building the Mitigation Planning TeamView Recording (Closed Captioning)Download materials here
Does your community have a designated team focusing on community mitigation? How is your team organized? Is the team effective in advocating for mitigation throughout the community?

A critical task in the planning process is to assemble a planning team of representatives from each jurisdiction and partner organization. These planning partners have the expertise to develop the plan, and their organizations have the authority to implement the mitigation strategy developed through the planning process. This is the core group of people responsible for developing and reviewing drafts of the plan, creating the mitigation strategy, and submitting the final plan for local adoption.

This webinar will look at who should be part of a planning team, the role the planning team plays, and the different levels of engagement the team will have with external stakeholders in both updating the plan and implementing the plan. 
January 27, 2017Introduction to Natural Hazards Mitigation PlanningView Recording (Closed Captioning)Download the Webinar Materials
What is mitigation planning? What is a mitigation plan? Should you complete a mitigation plan only for a grant? Can you integrate the mitigation plan with other local plans? Join us in January as we provide an overview on mitigation planning and set the stage for all the upcoming 2017 topics. We’ll look at different agencies involved in mitigation planning; describe the planning process; provide the benefits to a mitigation planning; identify stakeholders involved in mitigation planning; and highlight resources and guidance for mitigation plan development and implementation.
Join the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning team as we provide an overview of mitigation planning and answer your questions.

 Upcoming In-Person Training

There are no G-318 Mitigation Planning Workshop trainings scheduled in Region 10 at this time.


 About Coffee Breaks

The FEMA RLogoegion 10 Mitigation Planning team introduces the Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series for 2017. Each month we will spend 1 hour discussing a different mitigation planning topic. We provide best practices, highlight work from Region 10 tribes, states, and cities, and have guest speakers share their experience with mitigation planning.


The webinar series is intended for everyone involved in community planning both in the public and private sector. This includes 

  • Community planners
  • Emergency managers
  • Floodplain managers
  • Public works staff
  • Communication specialist
  • Natural resource managers
  • Business owners
  • Wildland fire mitigation professionals
  • Local government officials
  • Tribal leaders
  • Contractors
  • Anyone involved in the development and implementation of natural hazard mitigation strategies


Either click the tab on the left titled "Register for an Upcoming Webinar" or to and search for ‘STARR’. Registration and dates are generally announced 2 to 3 months in advance.


Contact us to get on our Coffee Break Series monthly announcement email distribution list.

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Visit FEMA's Mitigation Planning Program site to learn more about news, events, policies, planning requirements, and locate resources.


 Contact FEMA Region 10

For information on the Coffee Break Series, contact Brett Holt, FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Program Manager, at