MMC Webinar Series Addresses Pressing Aspects of Hazards Mitigation
The MMC webinar series addresses social considerations; governance, including building codes and zoning ordinances; the built environment; hazard and risk assessment and economics. The webinars are free and open to the broad disaster community and the public.
Past Events – Presentations Available
NOTE: The opinions expressed in the webinar presentations posted below are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the National Institute of Building Sciences or the Multihazard Mitigation Council.
The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
“Incentivizing Pre-Disaster Mitigation,” presented by Leanne
Tobias and Philip J. Schneider, AIA, looked at ways communities can use
incentivization programs to help keep their citizens safe. This webinar
explored public, private and hybrid strategies that can encourage new
investment in resilience, including real estate investment and lending
strategies: tax incentives and credits; grants; regulations; and the
enhancement of building codes. Find out more. Download the presentation.
September 29, 2015
“Disasters and Infrastructure” was presented by
Judith Mitrani-Reiser, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and
Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Sensor Technology and
Infrastructure Risk Mitigation (STIRM) Laboratory at Johns Hopkins
University. This webinar looked at how natural disasters can strain
the healthcare systems of impacted regions; spotlight the importance of
protecting such critical infrastructure; and demonstrate a risk analysis
framework for quantifying and predicting the loss, recovery and
resilience of critical facilities. Find out more. Download the presentation.
August 25, 2015
"NFIP and CRS: The Way Forward in Florida," presented by Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency
Management, spotlights the implementation of Florida's recently created Community Rating System (CRS) - Community Assistance Visit (CAV) pilot program, which aims to increase flood resiliency and incentives in the state's smaller communities. Find out more. Download the presentation.
July 29, 2015
"NIST Resilience Initiatives,” presented by Stephen Cauffman, who manages the Community Resilience Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), provides a brief overview of the new NIST program, which serves to improve the resilience of communities to natural, technological and human-caused hazards. Find out more. Download the presentation.
October 28, 2014
"Substantiating Mitigation – Florida’s Loss Avoidance Assessment Strategy,”
presented by Carly Forster, Long Term Recovery and Hazard Mitigation Team Lead for ARCADIS’ Risk and Resiliency Group, explores loss
avoidance calculators, how they are developed and how to use them
prepare for loss avoidance assessment with emphasis on the importance of
data gathering pre- and post-disaster. Find out more. Download the presentation.
September 25, 2014
"Is My Building Earthquake-Safe? Obstacles to a Practical Earthquake Rating System,”
presented by David Bonowitz, S.E., chair of the National
Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Existing Buildings
Committee, answers a series of earthquake-related questions, and explains past attempts to rate buildings, as well as the often-conflicting priorities of owners, tenants, lenders, insurers, engineers, emergency planners and policy makers. Find out more. Download the presentation.
July 24, 2014
April 23, 2014
"Better Building Codes: Demanding Minimum Construction Practices—It’s the Least We Can Do!”
presented by Leslie Chapman-Henderson,
President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), explores the issue of policy leadership for strong building codes, making building codes and resilience a public value, and the importance of transparency of these issues to the public. Find out more. Download the presentation.
"Safe Enough? How the Building Code Protects Our Lives but Not Our Cities,” presented by Keith A. Porter, PE, PhD, a research professor with the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Principal with SPA Risk LLC, looks at how Americans think about seismic performance differently than structural engineers, and expect better performance than building codes provide. Find out more. Download the presentation.