Natural Hazard Mitigation Association Practitioners Symposium

Wednesday, July 22nd through Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Omni Interlocken Resort
Broomfield, Colorado

The NHMA Practitioners Meeting, a partnership between the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association and the Natural Hazards Center, follows the main Hazards Workshop. For more information on the NHMA, please visit the NHMA Web site.

Register for the NHMA Practitioners Meeting using the Natural Hazards Workshop online registration. A welcoming reception, continental breakfast, and lunch are included in the registration cost.


A more detailed schedule is available on the NHMA Web site.

Wednesday, July 22

3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Interlocken D
Attendees of the Natural Hazards Workshop are pre-registered

Welcome and Opening Comments
4:00 - 4:15 p.m., Centennial E
Edward Thomas, NHMA

4:15 - 4:45 p.m., Centennial E
Keynote Address: Resilience and 100 Resilient Cities
Keynote Speaker: Bryna Lipper, Rockefeller Foundation

IRCD/NHMA Joint Session
4:45 - 6:00 p.m., Interlocken A/B
Disaster Risk Reduction Briefing
Edward Thomas, NHMA

Joint Reception with IRCD Researchers Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Lobby Court and Terrace

Offsite Casual Dinner with Roy Wright, FEMA
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Thursday, July 23

8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., Centennial Foyer
Attendees of the Natural Hazards Workshop are pre-registered

Continental Breakfast
7:00 - 8:30 a.m., Centennial Foyer

Breakout Sessions

Resilient Cities
8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Centennial E
Moderator: Darrin Punchard, Hawksley Consulting
Speakers: Arrietta Chakos, Association of Bay Area Governments
Greg Guibert, City of Boulder
James Redick, City of Norfolk, Virginia

Understanding Catastrophe Insurance
8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Spruce
Moderator: Kirsten Orwig, Swiss Re
Speakers: Michael Cohen, Renaissance Re
Brandon Katz, JL Towers Re 

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Structural Vulnerability: Warding Off the Three UGLIES - Earthquake, Flood and Fire
10:15 - 11:45 a.m., Centennial E
Moderator: Tom Hughes, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
Speakers: Randy Behm, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Edward Laatsch, FEMA
Clark Woodward, RedZone Software

Earthquake Risk Mitigation: A Bridge Between Policy and Engineering
10:15 - 11:45 a.m., Spruce
Moderators: Janiele Maffei, California Earthquake Authority
Sharyl Rabinovici, Consultant

11:45 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Outdoor Pavilion

Breakout Sessions

Understanding and Responding to the New Normal
1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Centennial E
Moderator: Matt Sitkowski, The Weather Channel
Speakers: Bob Henson, Weather Underground
Vicki Bennett, City of Salt Lake City
Joyce Coffee, ND-GAIN
Kevin Nelson, Environmental Protection Agency

Crafting and Designing Programs by Practitioners for a Safer Future
1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Spruce
Moderator: Ed Thomas, NHMA
Speakers: Matt Campbell, FEMA
Jason Vogel, ABT Associates
Katie Skakel, NHMA

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

The Fire-Flood Connection: Linking Hazards and Mitigation
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Centennial E
Moderator: Molly Mowery, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
Speakers: Brian Varrella, Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers
Tim Mitros, City of Colorado Springs
Vance Fossinger, Wilson & Company
Mark Brehl, City of Flagstaff

Severe Thunderstorm Impacts and Mitigation
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Spruce
Moderator: Kirsten Orwig, SwissRe
Speakers: Tanya Brown, Institute for Business and Home Safety
Marc Levitan, National Institute for Standards and Technology
Kevin Simmons, Austin College
Erin Capps, NHMA/H2O Partners

Wrap Up
4:30 - 5:00 p.m., Centennial E