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Multihazard Mitigation Council Symposium
Large-Scale Mitigation Planning and Strategies

MMC SymposiumThe Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Symposium will bring 80 invited experts together to address long-standing multi-hazard mitigation problems in the United States. Attendees will participate in sessions on a number of different topics and then present their conclusions directly to a Listening Panel of high-level policy makers. The all-day event will involve a unique, comprehensive, multi- and cross-disciplinary approach to address the combined potential impacts of all hazards and the subsequent cascading social, economic or political consequences. The goal of the MMC Symposium is to guide hazard mitigation policies for the next decade.

The Symposium will be divided into five sessions: These are:

  • Session 1: Social Considerations and Continuity
  • Session 2: Governance and Preparedness
  • Session 3: The Built Environment and Development Climate
  • Session 4: Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • Session 5: The Economics and Politics of Disasters

The schedule will begin with five plenary speakers, followed by key experts for each session. Attendees will then separate into the session workshops, each consisting of approximately 16 invited participants representing a broad range of disciplines. During the workshop sessions, the participants will address a number of issues and questions surrounding the current state-of-the-art of large-scale hazard mitigation, mitigation at the local level, and emergency management, along with other governance issues. Ten papers distributed before the conference provide background for each of the sessions. The papers are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs and can be downloaded here.

At the conclusion of the workshop sessions, representatives will present the results of their discussions, along with policy recommendations, to the Listening Panel.

The Listening Panel will be comprised of representatives from: the White House Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction; the U.S. House of Representatives; the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration; the National Emergency Management Association; the International Association of Emergency Managers; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (a federal agency with a major building program); and Marsh & McLennan Companies (one of the major providers in the insurance industry). The Listening Panel will then have the opportunity to respond to the participants' recommendations and questions.

Speakers/Session Leaders:

Listening Panel:

David Miller, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (Invited)
Incoming President (TBD), National Emergency Management Association
David Applegate, U.S. Geological Survey, Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction
Jeff Walker, International Association of Emergency Managers
Insurance Executive (TBD), Marsh & McLennan Companies
Lloyd Siegel, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
(TBD), Congressional Representative

 

Plenary Speakers:

Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina
Larry Larson, Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
Mohammed Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates
Charles Scawthorn, SPA Risk
Dr. Adam Rose, University of Southern California

 

Session Speakers:Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina
Michael Armstrong, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Andrew Herrman, American Society of Civil Engineers
H. Kit Miyamoto, Miyamoto International
Howard Kunreuther, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Guy C. Morrow, Catastrophic Risk Consulting, Inc.

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:10 am Welcome and Introductions
Neil Blais, Blais & Associates, Inc., MMC Chair

8:15 - 9:25 am

Five Plenary Speakers (15 minutes each)

 

 

9:25 - 10:25 am

Five Sessions Speakers (10 minutes each)

 

    10:25 - 11:45 amFive Concurrent Morning Session Workshops
    • Social Considerations
    • Governance
    • Built Environment
    • Hazards
    • Economics
    11:45 am - 1:15 pm Keynote Luncheon:
    David L. Miller
    Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration
    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    12:45 - 1:15 pmSummary Review of Morning Workshop Recommendations

    1:15 - 2:25 pmFive Concurrent Afternoon Session Workshops

    2:25 - 3:05 pmSummary Review of Afternoon Workshop Recommendations

    3:05 - 5:10 pmListening Panel Presentations:
    • David Miller, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (Invited)
    • Incoming President (TBD), National Emergency Management Association
    • David Applegate, U.S. Geological Survey, Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction
    • Jeff Walker, International Association of Emergency Managers
    • Insurance Executive (TBD), Marsh & McLennan Companies
    • Lloyd Siegel, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
    • (TBD), Congressional Representative

    5:10 - 5:15 pmClosing Remarks
    Neil Blais, Blais & Associates, Inc., MMC Chair



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