On Demand: Post-Disaster Recovery in a Changing Climate

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Recorded from the live presentation on September 24, 2014 - Demographic shifts and climate change are making disasters bigger and costlier. Gradually, the nation is moving toward more effective long-term recovery, while communities are working to become more resilient. But greater resilience calls for more sophisticated planning. Do you have the tools for a safer, stronger community? Learn about the next generation of post-disaster recovery planning from the people who wrote the book — and the new edition. This program is also suitable for planning commissioners. Cosponsored by FEMA.

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About the Speakers

James Schwab
From 2008-2017, Jim Schwab managed APA’s Hazards Planning Center, but his direct engagement with natural hazards and disaster issues began in 1993. He managed an innovative project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a PAS Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. The report became a cornerstone in the planning profession in the development of an entire subfield devoted to hazard mitigation and disaster recovery. By 2014, with the publication of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation, accompanied by the creation of substantial online resources for the planning community, Jim brought the subject forward again. Jim managed several other major APA projects dealing with hazard mitigaiton and climate change adaptation. Jim left APA in 2017. Jim is currently the chair-elect of APA's Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division. He is the principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, a firm he created after leaving APA. He is also adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, an author working on a two-book series on the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods, and a public speaker, and maintains his own blog, "Home of the Brave," on his personal website, www.jimschwab.com.

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson is an internationally-recognized urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She began her planning career working with San Francisco Bay Area communities that would soon be struck by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Since that time, she has developed an extensive portfolio of disaster resilience and recovery expertise in planning for and rebuilding following earthquakes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and man-made disasters across the U.S. and the world, including the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch New Zealand, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku Japan, the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan China, and 1995 earthquake in Kobe Japan. She authored two chapters of the APA Planning Advisory Service guidebook, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation and is coauthor of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy focus report, After Great Disasters: How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a Doctor of Informatics from Kyoto University, Japan as well as a Master of Urban Planning and B.S. in Geophysics, both from Texas A&M University.

Allison Boyd
Allison Boyd, AICP, specializes in planning for disaster resiliency and community sustainability. Currently, Allison is coordinating continuity of government operations and hazard mitigation planning programs for Multnomah County, Oregon. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Allison managed the Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Initiative in Florida and developed recovery and mitigation plans for numerous communities. Her professional experience includes comprehensive and environmental planning, climate change adaptation, natural hazards mitigation, emergency management, business continuity, and wildfire protection planning.

Kenneth Topping
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