Past Recordings


Investing in infrastructure, such as this waterway built to prevent flooding, is one of the many way we can mitigate disaster impacts. Source: Shutterstock Images.

The Making Mitigation Work webinar series features one-hour presentations by innovative speakers on topics related to mitigation policy, practice, and research.

Recordings of past webinars are listed below. For upcoming topics and speakers, visit the series main page.

Mitigation Messaging and Planning Research from the Mitigation Matters Award Program
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
JungKyu Rhys Lim, University of Maryland
Sayma Khajehei, University of Utah
Maria Watson, Texas A&M University


Mitigation Champions: Making the Case for Risk Reduction and Equitable Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Tom Hughes, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
David Prevatt, University of Florida
Shannon Van Zandt, Texas A&M University
Annie Vest, Meshek & Associates, LLC


Mapping Risk: The National Risk Index for Natural Hazards
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker:
Casey Zuzak, Federal Emergency Management Agency


Implementing Mitigation Near and Far: U.S. States, New Zealand, and Applied Research
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker:
Gavin Smith, North Carolina State University


Climate Change Research from Mitigation Matters Award Recipients
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Brianna Castro, Harvard University
Kelly Dunning, Auburn University
Nicole Hutton, Old Dominion University


Building Codes Save: The Data Behind a Nationwide Effort to Reduce Hazard-Related Property Loss
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Mathew Francis, AECOM
Frank Lavelle, Applied Research Associates
Shane Parson, AECOM
Hope A. Seligson, Independent Consultant
Jonathan Westcott, Federal Emergency Management Agency


The Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing Buyouts
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Alex Greer, State University of New York at Albany
Fawn Z. McGee, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Rob Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council
Elyse Zavar, University of North Texas


Advancing Racial and Social Equities through Mitigating Natural Hazards
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker:
Alan Kwok, Philanthropy California & Northern California Grantmakers


The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000: Twenty Years of Promise, Pitfalls, and Progress from a Planning Perspective
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Robyn Fennig, Wisconsin Emergency Management
Derrick Hiebert, King County Emergency Management
Jim Schwab, Jim Schwab Consulting LLC
Shanene Thomas, Federal Emergency Management Agency


ArcGIS Capabilities for Mitigation Planning: State of Indiana 2019 Mitigation Plan StoryMap and Other Advancing Technologies
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Marianne Cardwell, Polis Center
Shelby Hines, Esri
Ryan Lanclos, Esri


Collaborative Risk Communication: Landslide Guide for Residents of Puerto Rico
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Yahaira D. Alvarez, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez
Raquel Lugo Bendezú, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez
Lindsay Davis, U.S. Geological Survey
Jonathan Godt, U.S. Geological Survey
Jocelyn West, Natural Hazards Center


Communication for Community Resilience: The Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker:
Dennis Hwang, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, NOAA


The Quiet Majority: Understanding Communities to Make Mitigation Work
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Chris Barth, Bureau of Land Management
Hannah Brenkert-Smith, University of Colorado Boulder


All Along the Wasatch Fault: Best Building Practices from Utah’s Earthquake Mitigation Efforts
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Bradley Bartholomew, Utah Division of Emergency Management
Sean McGowan, Federal Emergency Management Agency


How Mitigation Helped Houston Households in Hurricane Harvey
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Aaron Flores, Center for Natural and Technological Hazards
Sara Grineski, Center for Natural and Technological Hazards


No Code. No Confidence: A Campaign to Strengthen National Building Code Awareness
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speakers:
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
John Ingargiola, Federal Emergency Management Agency


Disaster Spending and Mitigation: A State-by-State Story
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Colin Foard, The Pew Charitable Trusts


Moving Mitigation Forward: The Past, Present, and Future of Hazard Mitigation Assistance
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Eric Letvin, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency


Ethical and Efficient Infrastructure Resilience: The Battle for Better Building Codes
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Keith Porter, University of Colorado Boulder


An In-Depth Look at the National Mitigation Investment Strategy: Aligning Mitigation Investment for the Whole Community
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Angela R. Gladwell, Federal Emergency Management Agency


The Making Mitigation Work Webinar Series is made possible through supplemental funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of FEMA, NSF, or the Natural Hazards Center.