Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2018. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.


Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard MitigatIon, and Resilience

October 9, 2018

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Many of the top universities in the United States invest time, energy and financial resources into researching the issues that come with natural disasters. Indeed, several universities have founded entire disaster research centers to draw conclusions from data and make recommendations for hazard mitigation practices. This webinar convened national experts and thought leaders from three universities — the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center, Texas A&M University, and the University of North Carolina's Coastal Resilience Center — to lay out the scope of current research into disasters, hazard mitigation and resilience, as well as discuss what the implications of that research mean for the future.

ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis, moderated as Lori Peek, Sam Brody, and Gavin Smith discussed the most exciting, up-to-date hazard mitigation and resilience research being undertaken by each of their organizations.

In this webinar the presenters will:

  • Acquaint practicing planners and floodplain managers with some of the leading research universities on these topics and the resources that their universities have to offer.
  • Identify current research projects and focus areas.
  • Help better link academia with the practitioner community.
  • Provide feedback from the practitioner perspective on potential research topics


Lori Peek

Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Peek helped develop school safety guidance for the nation, which resulted in the publication of FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. Peek, who is president of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association, has conducted long-term investigations in the aftermath of several major disasters. 


Sam Brody

Samuel D. Brody is a Regents Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Departments of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He is the director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the lead technical expert for the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas. He has published scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and recently authored the book, Rising Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States published by Cambridge University Press. Brody teaches graduate courses in environmental planning, flood mitigation, and coastal resiliency. He has also worked in both the public and private sectors to help local coastal communities adopt flood mitigation plans.


Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith is an associate research professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith is also the director of the Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (UNC Coastal Resilience Center) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence – Coastal Hazards Center. Smith is currently engaged in planning-related research within the center, focused on a national evaluation of local and state hazard mitigation plans, as well as the study of disaster recovery plans and policies.


Chad Berginnis

Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012 after joining the organization in 2011. Since 2000, he has served ASFPM as insurance committee chair, mitigation policy committees' coordinator, vice chair, and chair. Berginnis received his Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land-use planning at the state, local, and private sector level.

Past Webinars

View Presentations from Past Webinars

  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018) CM | 1.0
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017) CM | 1.0
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016) CM | 1.5
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)