Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

Project Overview

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, 2022. 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.

Foresight and Scenario Planning for Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation

October 31, 2022, at 12:30 PM CST

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As a key component of the practice of foresight, exploratory scenario planning offers significant benefits for planning in dynamic and complex systems. Thus, it can be a particularly useful tool in planning for natural hazards and adapting to climate change, given the complexity and uncertainty involved in both of these areas. Though hazard mitigation and climate adaptation are overlapping fields, scenario planning has thus far been more widely used within climate adaptation than in hazard mitigation. This is largely because the federal regulatory processes and requirements that drive most hazard mitigation planning in the United States do not address scenario planning. Climate adaptation planning, which is not widely standardized and is more often driven by local and regional needs rather than federal requirements, has more readily adopted tools like scenario planning.

This PIE webinar will define the use cases for scenario planning for both hazard mitigation and climate adaptation and outline the challenges to its wider adoption among planners, floodplain managers, and allied practitioners. Additionally, this webinar will offer guidance on the use of data and tools that support more robust decision-making through scenario planning and highlight practical examples of communities using scenario planning to mitigate hazards and adapt to the impacts of climate change more effectively.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the relationship between foresight and the varieties of scenario planning.
  • Learn about the differences between hazard mitigation planning and climate adaptation planning, and the role these differences play in the adoption of scenario planning techniques.
  • Identify the benefits and challenges of scenario planning, especially as they relate to the use of data and decision-support tools, in the context of local approaches.

Donovan Finn, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Sustainability Studies Program and Director of the Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning within the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Joseph DeAngelis, AICP, is a planner and research manager at the American Planning Association. Jo Peña, AICP, is a research associate at the American Planning Association.

Meet the Presenters

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Donovan Finn, PhD

Donovan Finn is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Design, Policy and Planning at Stony Brook University in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and the Sustainability Studies Program. His research focuses on coastal adaptation and resilience, long term community recovery from disasters, and environmental justice. He has an MUP and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Headshot of APA staff member Joseph DeAngelis, AICP

Joe DeAngelis, AICP

Joseph DeAngelis, AICP, is a planner and research manager at the American Planning Association, where he focuses on climate adaptation, natural hazard risk, and community resilience. He holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from CUNY-Hunter College.

Headshot of Johamary Peña.

Jo Pena, AICP

Jo Peña is a Research Associate at APA. She provides research support on projects related to resilience, community health, equity, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Jo received her Master's in Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in environmental planning.

View Past Webinars

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  • New Research on State Resilience Planning Practices (May 26, 2022) CM | 1
  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: A Primer for Planners and Floodplain Managers (December 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • Addressing Urban Heat at Regional and Local Scales (October 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • The Law's the Limit: Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Local Government (September 3, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood (April 15, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • USACE Inundation Mapping (December 18, 2020) CM | 1
  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)