Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

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, 2018. 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.

Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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CM | 1.5

Recently, urban flooding has resulted in billions of dollars in flood losses in the United States. As urban flooding becomes more ubiquitous, strategies and tools to deal with this threat become more important. In the past year, three reports on urban flooding were developed and released:

  • The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge by the University of Maryland and Texas A&M University 
  • Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States by the National Academy of Sciences
  • Urban Flooding: Moving Towards Resilience a Summary Report based on the 6th Assembly to the Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum by the ASFPM Foundation (report release imminent).

Collectively these three reports add depth and detail and help frame the problems posed by urban flooding. Each of the panelists in the webinar was involved in the creation of these reports. They will provide their insights into the reports as well as discuss policy, program, and other needs to successfully address urban flooding.

ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis; Gerry Galloway, a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland; and Doug Plasencia, Chief Operating Officer for Moffatt & Nichol, will discuss the problems associated with urban flooding and how to lay the groundwork for a resilient future.

Meet the Presenters

  • Headshot of Gerry Galloway

    Gerry Galloway, PE, PhD

    Gerry Galloway is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, where his teaching and research focus is disaster resilience and mitigation, sustainable infrastructure development, and water resources and energy policy and management under climate change. He currently serves as a consultant to several federal, state, and nongovernmental agencies on water resources policy development and flood risk management. A civil engineer, public administrator, soldier, educator, and geographer, he has led and managed large organizations in successfully executing a variety of important activities. He has broad experience in dealing with water management and geospatial issues both within the United States and internationally. He holds a master's degree in engineering from Princeton; a master's in public administration from Penn State University, Capitol Campus; a master's in military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and a PhD in geography (water resources) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Headshot of Doug Plasencia

    Doug Plasencia, PE, CFM

    Doug Plasencia has over 30 years of leadership experience in water resources within the public and private sectors and is a specialist in floodplain and watershed management. His policy expertise has been called upon by Congress, federal agencies, and the Executive Office of the President. He has served as a panel member of several National Academy of Sciences studies and as an active member of the FEMA Advisory Board. He is the co-developer of the No Adverse Impact floodplain management strategy and was instrumental in integrating multi-objective planning strategies into floodplain management. He is past chair of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and served on the FEMA Director’s advisory board from 1994–1996. Currently Plasencia is the ASFPM Foundation’s board president and also serves as a policy liaison on watershed and floodplain management for the ASFPM. He is Chief Operating Officer for Moffatt & Nichol.
  • Chad Berginnis

    Chad Berginnis, CFM

    Chad Berginnis is the executive director for ASFPM. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a recognized national expert in floodplain management and hazard mitigation, having participated on national research/focus groups, providing agency (FEMA, USACE, OMB, CRS, IG, CBO, and others) and congressional testimony. He was selected to participate on an advisory panel to the Chinese government on the development of a national floodplain management strategy. Berginnis previously served as an appointed planning commissioner for Licking County, Ohio.

View Past Webinars

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Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • 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) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018) CM | 1.0
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • 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)