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.

Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards

August 15, 2019

CM | 1.25

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The 19th webinar in the series features discussions from Cody Knutson, research professor and drought planning coordinator at the National Drought Mitigation Center, and Jeff Brislawn, CFM, hazard mitigation and emergency management consultant with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. They will discuss approaches to assessing and integrating drought into local hazard mitigation planning. Joe DeAngelis, AICP, senior research associate with the American Planning Association will moderate as participants learn about:

  • Specific challenges and opportunities in planning for drought and cascading natural hazards
  • Practical approaches to assessing local and regional drought vulnerability
  • Methods for integrating drought and drought-related impacts into multi-hazard mitigation planning
  • Resources and tools that can help planners and floodplain managers plan for drought in a multi-hazards context

Meet the Presenters

  • Headshot of Cody Knutson

    Cody Knutson

    Cody Knutson is a Research Professor and the Drought Planning Coordinator at the National Drought Mitigation Center, within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With a background in social science and water resources, his work focuses on understanding how people and systems are vulnerable to drought and collaboratively developing strategies, tools, and plans to minimize their drought risk. He’s worked on these activities with agricultural producers, communities, tribes, states, and the federal government for more than 20 years.
  • Headshot of Jeff Brislawn

    Jeff Brislawn, CFM

    Jeff Brislawn is a hazard mitigation and emergency management consultant with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) and has over 27 years of related experience for state and local governments across the United States. Brislawn's background includes 12 years of public sector experience including work for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and FEMA. He has assisted numerous state, local, and federal clients with hazard risk assessment and related resiliency planning including multi-hazard mitigation plans, drought mitigation and response plans, dam failure evacuation plans, and local emergency operations plans. Brislawn has an MS in Geology from Colorado State University and a BS in Geology from Ohio University and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.
  • Headshot of APA staff member Joseph DeAngelis, AICP

    Joe DeAngelis, AICP

    Joe DeAngelis is a planner and senior research associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he focuses on climate adaptation, natural hazard risk, and community resilience. DeAngelis received his planning degree from CUNY-Hunter College, where he researched post-Hurricane Sandy recovery and long-term community adaptation. He has worked for the New York City Mayor’s Office, the National Park Service, and as a Resiliency Planner with the New York City Department of City Planning. DeAngelis is currently the project manager for a U.S. Forest Service-funded project focused on regional green infrastructure planning, and a NOAA-funded project focused on integrating climate science into local planning, and is also the co-editor of Zoning Practice, a monthly APA publication.

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