Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Implementing Mitigation Near and Far: U.S. States, New Zealand, and Applied Research

Mitigation

Webinar Description:

Hazard mitigation takes many forms in the United States and around the world. This webinar will examine the capacity and processes that communities use to implement mitigation strategies from two perspectives—that of state hazard mitigation officers in the United States and of local officials in New Zealand.

Using the results of a survey of U.S. state hazard mitigation officers, speaker Gavin Smith will provide insight on how to build the capacity needed to effectively implement Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Then, by tapping into to a study comparing housing buyout programs in the New Zealand and the United States, Smith will discuss international strategies to be learned from the development and implementation of such programs.

Speaker:

Gavin Smith, North Carolina State University
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


Resources:

A National Evaluation of State and Territory Roles in Hazard Mitigation: Building Local Capacity to Implement FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

A National Evaluation of State Roles in Hazard Mitigation: Building Local Capacity to Implement FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Spend to Save: Investigating the property acquisition process for risk reduction in Aotearoa New Zealand


Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation, with an emphasis on integrating research and practice through deep community engagement. Smith is currently working on an assessment of the state of disaster-resilient design education at U.S. universities, a national survey on how states build local government capacity to implement hazard mitigation grants, and a comparative assessment of acquisition programs to address hazard-prone housing in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

Smith has also developed a graduate certificate in disaster resilient policy, engineering, and design and helped to coordinate a university-wide effort on disaster resilience that spans research, teaching, and engagement-related activities. He is author of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: A Review of the United States Disaster Assistance Framework (Island Press, 2011) and co-editor of Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Hazards Planning (Springer, 2014). He has also authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and practice-oriented reports. He recently served as co-principal investigator on a six-year study assessing the quality of state and local hazard mitigation plans.