Institute for Water Resources


2015 Interagency Workshop

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 Presentations

8:00–8:45 am             Intersection of Resiliency and Flood Risk Management

                                    Ms. Karen Durham-Aguilera, Director of Contingency Operations and Homeland Security


Mr. Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administartor for Insurance & Mitigation, FEMA

Ms. Durham-Aguilera will discuss overarching resilience and flood risk management objectives, in particular those that involve interagency coordination. Mr. Wright will discuss FEMA’s efforts to include community resilience in FEMA programs, including development of resilience indicators, participation with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the National Resilience Competition, and FEMA’s support for Silver Jacket’s teams.  A Q&A session will follow.


8:45–9:30 am           Policy Changes in Support of Flood Risk Management

Moderator: Mr. Jeff Jensen, Deputy Director USACE National Flood Risk Management Program

Key themes for this panel will include updates to USACE policies to apply risk-informed decision making, promoting a more holistic and community approach to flood risk management in leveed communities and building in resilience concepts.

·         Mr. Eric Halpin, Acting USACE Administrator, National Levee Safety Program, will discuss evolving Levee Safety policies and the National Levee Safety Program

·         Dr. Stephanie Bray, Emergency Management Specialist, will discuss USACE guidance on Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

·         Mr. Jeff Jensen, Deputy Director, USACE National Flood Risk Management Program, will discuss updates to USACE guidance on the Civil Emergency Management Program (ER 500-1-1)


9:30–10:00 am           Break


10:00–11:15 am       Connecting Science to Action and Adaptation

Moderator: Ms. Marie Peppler, Flood Inundation Mapping Coordinator, USGS

Panelists will discuss several efforts to use scientific data and information to promote action and adaptation. Panelists will explore resources available to assist communities in addressing challenges including water resources planning, evacuation planning, and response to warnings, focusing on how to use science to inform and motivate action. Q&A session to follow panel.  A useful article related to the content of this session can be found at the following link.

·         Dr. Kate White, USACE Institute for Water Resources, will discuss resources and opportunities to assist communities in enhancing their climate change preparedness and resilience with respect water resource planning and management.    

·         Ms. Adrianne Harrison, NOAA-Office for Coastal Management, NH Regional Office, will share examples of actions that coastal communities have taken to increase resilience to coastal flooding and erosion and highlight the data, tools, and techniques that supported their ability to take action.

·         Mr. Jason Needham, USACE Risk Management Center, will describe research conducted by social scientists to assess key components of evacuation effectiveness and what the results say about evacuation planning, exercising and implementation.

·         Ms. Rachel Carr, Nurture Nature Center, will present the Center’s Coastal Flood Forecast Response study “They had the facts, Why didn’t they act?: Understanding and improving public response to the National Weather Service’s coastal flood forecasts.

·         Mr. Terry Zien, USACE St. Paul District, will present the Emergency Action Plan Guide, an example of connecting science to action.


11:15am–12:15pm  Funding a More Holistic Effort - Bringing In New Partners and Resources

                                   Moderator: Mr. Scott Whitney, MVD Regional Flood Risk Manager, USACE


This session will explore the link between project benefits, partners, and partner resources, including funding. Mr. Whitney will discuss how the session connects to and builds on values and measurable benefits and outline how the session will contribute to developing interagency projects.

·         Mr. Derek Gardels, AAAS Fellow with USACE IWR, will discuss public-private partnerships in the context of flood risk management.

·         Examples of innovative partnering will include:

o   Mr. Phetmano Phannavong, DC Department of Energy and Environment – Flood Fighting Exercise, Washington, DC

o   Mr. Craig Conner, USACE San Francisco District – San Mateo County Vulnerability Analysis, CA

o   Ms. Ronda Oberlin, City of Lansing Office of Emergency Management – Early Flood Warning System, Lansing Area, MI


12:15–1:15 pm             Lunch


1:15–2:30 pm             Project Development Exercise #3:  Funding a More Holistic Effort: Bringing In New Partners and Resources

Small groups will discuss their proposal/project in more specificity and explore key project collaborators, their roles, resources they can contribute to the project and strategies for engaging broader partners.


2:30–3:00 pm             Break


3:00–4:00 pm             Project Presentations & Inter-Project Feedback on Measuring Project Benefits

Small groups will come together with available expertise and a select number of other small groups.   Each group will present highlights from their exercise discussions, pose questions for feedback, and discuss challenges and opportunities.


4:00–4:30 pm             Presentation and Feedback Session on Future USACE Flood Risk Management Program  

Mr. Doug Bellomo, Special Assistant for Flood Risk Management 

Mr. Bellomo will make a brief presentation regarding future direction of the FRM and Silver Jackets Programs.  Participants will be asked to provide feedback on overall direction.  Feedback will be used to inform program guidance updates.    


4:30–5:00 pm             Small Project Group Report Out and Q&A Session

A couple of small groups will be asked share a key point or two about their project in order to highlight creative approaches or unique aspects. Flood Risk Management Program personnel and workshop speakers will respond to written questions provided prior to the afternoon break, followed by opportunity for verbal questions and responses.


5:00–5:30 pm             Workshop Debrief and Closing Plenary

Mr. Mark Roupas, Deputy for Homeland Security and Director of the Flood Risk Management Program

Mr. Roupas will highlight outstanding activities in the Flood Risk Management and Silver Jackets programs and summarize key workshop take-aways and action items.