Podcast: Resilience Roundtable

Kim Michelson, AICP

In the second episode of the APA Podcast series Resilience Roundtable, Kim Mickelson, AICP, joins host Rich Roths, AICP, to discuss Hurricane Harvey from her perspective as a City of Houston Planning Department attorney. The storm hit during her first week on the job, and it compelled city officials to approve a new hazard-mitigation action plan in March 2018.

Kim talks about how having their third 500-year — or greater — storm in 18 months made them take a second look at their floodplain regulations, including elevation requirements for new construction, and their infrastructure design standards. She reviews the more challenging, Houston-specific aspects of the cleanup process and how she immediately thought to engage the services of APA's Community Planning Assistance Team once the storm had passed.

Listen to other episodes of the Resilience Roundtable series at planning.org/podcast/resilience-roundtable, and find disaster recovery resources at planning.org/resilience.

Bottom right photo by flickr user John Wiess (jweiss3).

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