Local Mitigation Planning: Better Plans, More Resilient Communities?

Sun. 1:30-3:00 p.m., Interlocken C

More than a decade ago Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act, which makes hazard mitigation plans a requirement to receive federal mitigation grant funds. Now, nearly 20,000 FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plans later, it’s important to examine their value in building more resilient communities. This session addresses four essential questions: How good are most local hazard mitigation plans? How well are they working? Are the right people involved in their preparation? Is federal guidance for plan content and quality clear and straightforward enough?

Panelist Ken Topping, Moderator
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo


Panelist Iain Hyde, Panelist
Colorado Division of Emergency Management


PanelistEvelio Astray-Caneda III, Panelist
Florida International University


PanelistGavin Smith, Panelist
Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Panelist Ken Worman, Panelist
California Emergency Management Agency


Organizer: Ken Topping, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo