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, 2020. 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.

Lost In Planning: Interdependent Vulnerabilities And Compounding Climate Threats

September 27, 2022, at 12 PM CST

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It is often said that “…a city is a system of systems”, but the aging infrastructure in these systems is a vulnerability exacerbated by natural hazards and climate variability. The 2018 National Climate Assessment highlighted that current water management and planning principles leave communities exposed to more risk than anticipated, as risks evolve over time and hazards can interweave and compound one another.

FEMA’s guidance for Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMP) advises communities to address natural hazard design events and encourages them to address manmade and technological hazards. However, the HMP does not require an overview of aging infrastructure in hazard analyses. Without recognizing that resiliency depends on reliability, we are missing the point of the most basic definition of a resilient system as one that performs its intended function under baseline conditions, and can quickly recover, after some adversity. Identifying vulnerabilities and how they impact a community’s resilience makes it possible to curtail expensive, unplanned, and reactive responses so that we can prioritize and prevent hazardous disruptions – so life and business go on uninterrupted.

This webinar will show how we can use predictive algorithms to generate vulnerability assessments across key community infrastructure sectors, including potable water, transportation, energy, communications, and sanitation. This innovative approach addresses how the collocation of infrastructure can obscure the true vulnerability of our communities and flaws in their resilience.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to identify vulnerabilities and their impact on a community's resilience.
  • Understand scenarios where we can use predictive algorithms to generate vulnerability assessments.
  • Be able to predict and curtail expensive, unplanned, and reactive responses to disasters.

Paul Robinson is a Senior Water Resources Leader and Jacobs’ Global Community of Practice Lead for Flood Modeling and Planning, based in Houston, Texas. Mark Reiner, Ph.D., PE, is the Director of Resilient Infrastructure at Jacobs. Kevin Currie is a Training and E-learning Coordinator at ASFPM.

Meet the Presenters

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Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson is a Senior Water Resources Leader and Jacobs’ Global Community of Practice Lead for Flood Modeling and Planning, based in Houston, Texas. Having earned his Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Sheffield in England, he has since gained 23 years of experience helping clients grapple with flood risk, climate resilience, and water resource issues. He has successfully led large multi-disciplinary and client-consultant teams delivering water resources and flood planning projects across the US, the Caribbean, and Europe. In terms of collection systems modeling, Paul co-led the development of sanitary sewer models for the entirety of Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta, utilizing SewerGEMS and GIS data management techniques that leveraged and maximized the utility of the available system data.
Paul is currently engaged in projects to reduce flood impacts in Texas, Florida, California, and Southeast Asia. In recent years, he has worked with both government and utility clients, facilitating workshops, to help them through the process of climate resiliency planning, demystifying the potential climate impacts, and identifying practical strategies to enhance their resilience. His projects have involved a broad range of software including HEC-RAS, SWMM, SewerGEMS, Infoworks, ArcGIS Pro, Arc Map, PowerBI, and more. For much of the past 20 years, his projects have also involved the simulation or evaluation of climate resilience scenarios as well.

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Mark Reiner, PhD, PE

Mark Reiner is Director of Resilient Infrastructure at Jacobs. He is a professional engineer and geologist, with an emphasis on developing resilient urban infrastructure paradigms to protect against acute and chronic hazards and respond to social vulnerabilities. Mark has over 25 years of experience as a professional engineer and geologist, with an emphasis on developing resilient horizontal infrastructure paradigms that identify pre-failure vulnerabilities and protect against acute and chronic hazards. The common denominator of his work has been to focus on the fact that resilient infrastructure is a continuous system that connects supply to demand, from ports to doorsteps in cities and installations. Mark’s career spans design and construction management of dams along the Colorado Front Range to the infrastructure sustainability assessment of Kigali, Rwanda. Mark has co-founded two separate companies that integrated GIS and big information; one to analyze a city's energy, water, and carbon consumption at the meter-level on a monthly basis, and another to investigate aging infrastructure in cities. Both were acquired by large engineering firms. Mark has authored 16 vetted publications on infrastructure resilience ranging from civil engineering journals, book chapters, and co-authoring a report for the United Nations International Resource Panel.

View Past Webinars

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Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • Equitable Hazard Mitigation: Practice-Informed Recommendations for Change (July 25, 2022) CM | 1
  • New Research on State Resilience Planning Practices (May 26, 2022) CM | 1
  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: A Primer for Planners and Floodplain Managers (December 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • Addressing Urban Heat at Regional and Local Scales (October 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • The Law's the Limit: Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Local Government (September 3, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood (April 15, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • USACE Inundation Mapping (December 18, 2020) CM | 1
  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)