Hazards Planning Research Center

Linking Planners with Other Hazards Professionals

In order to marshal the resources and expertise needed to effectively reduce losses from natural hazards, it is essential that planners collaborate and communicate with allied professionals. These include emergency managers, floodplain managers, public works officials, city managers, environmental scientists, geologists, and public health officials, among others. The synergy of such collaboration is often far greater than the sum of their separate contributions.

In its scoping symposium for Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning, a FEMA-supported project that resulted in PAS Report No. 560, Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning, APA took care to include professionals with emergency management experience. APA Hazards Planning Research Center Manager James C. Schwab, AICP, has spoken at conferences of some of these allied groups about the need for such cooperation, including the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the International Association of Emergency Managers. He also served for three weeks as a Visiting Fellow for the New Zealand Centre for Advanced Engineering, speaking around the country and advising on public policy initiatives concerning natural hazards. The Center wishes to continue and extend this networking with allied professions.

In a new project on drought mitigation, the Hazards Planning Research Center will be sponsoring a dialogue between climate scientists, water management experts, and planners in order to shape the direction of a planned PAS Report on best practices in planning for drought mitigation and preparedness.