FEMA Local Mitigation Planning

APA Western Central Chapter


Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4 p.m. CDT

Pierre, SD, United States

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The purpose of the workshop is to provide guidance on developing or updating local and tribal hazard mitigation plans to meet the requirements of Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.6 and §201.7 for FEMA approval and eligibility to apply for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. The workshop covers the local hazard mitigation plan requirements, such as the planning process, risk assessment, and mitigation strategy. As most South Dakota communities are currently updating their current hazard mitigation plans this workshop will have a strong focus on developing solid mitigation project ideas. Please note that participants will be reviewing their current plans during the workshop.

Join South Dakota State Hazard Mitigation Officer Jim Poppen, FEMA Senior Planner Nicole Aimone, and Hazard Grants Program Specialist Kevin Williams to learn practical approaches and examples for how communities can engage in and implement effective planning to reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and disasters.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to define hazard mitigation and the benefits of mitigation planning, develop or update a local hazard mitigation plan, and identify resources and guidance available for mitigation planning and plan implementation into mitigation projects.

Audience: Any personnel involved in the development of their local hazard mitigation plan to include local government and tribal officials, emergency managers, land use planners, engineers, and floodplain administrators.

Course Schedule:  March 27 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (1 hour for lunch); March 28 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (1 hour for lunch)

Venue Information: You will receive specific training location information via e-mail when you have been approved to attend this course by the administrator. Please allow for up to 48 hours for this to occur.

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Jim Poppen

Invited Speaker

Jim Poppen is the South Dakota State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) with over 7 years experience with planning and federal grants management. A South Dakota native and a 26 year Army National Guard Veteran while serving in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. As the SHMO, Jim is responsible to ... Read More

Nicole Aimone, AICP

Invited Speaker

Nicole Aimone is the Senior Community Planner for FEMA Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) where she manages the Mitigation Planning program, assists state, tribal, and local governments with natural hazard mitigation planning and coordinates on hazard mitigation grants. Nicole’s background is in environmental land ... Read More

Kevin Williams

Invited Speaker

Kevin Williams is a Hazard Mitigation Grants Specialist with over 13 years experience with planning and federal grants management. He is originally from Arkansas, a 9 year Navy Veteran serving on 2 different aircraft carries and a mobile construction battalion, and South Dakota’s partner in hazard mitigation grants programs ... Read More

Contact Info

Nicole Aimone, nicole.aimone@fema.dhs.gov