APPENDIX A
REDUCING FUTURE FLOOD LOSSES: THE ROLE OF HUMAN ACTIONS

A DISASTERS ROUNDTABLE

WORKSHOP

March 2, 2004

The National Academies

Room 100

500 Fifth Street

Washington, DC

DRAFT AGENDA

Objective: As noted in Disasters by Design, hazards lead to disasters as a result of actions people, groups and organizations take or fail to take. Hazards are ubiquitous in the United States; however, hazards are only a necessary condition for disaster, not a sufficient condition. Human actions must come into play. Society creates its own disasters, including determining such characteristics as their frequency, scope and duration. This Disasters Roundtable workshop will focus on preventing flood disasters in the United States. It will provide an opportunity for presenters and audience participants to discuss the nature of the nation’s current vulnerability to flood disasters, the role that such factors as land use and government policy have played in this over the years, and what promising actions can be taken by various sectors and stakeholders—particularly by the scientific community, government entities, civil society groups, and private sector organizations—to reduce the nation’s future flood losses.

8:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions

William H. Hooke, DR Chair, American Meteorological Society

8:40 AM

Opening Remarks

David L. Johnson, National Weather Service

Session 1:

Flood Policy

Moderator:

Timothy Cohn, U.S. Geological Survey



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Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions - Summary of a Workshop, March 2, 2004, Washington, DC APPENDIX A REDUCING FUTURE FLOOD LOSSES: THE ROLE OF HUMAN ACTIONS A DISASTERS ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOP March 2, 2004 The National Academies Room 100 500 Fifth Street Washington, DC DRAFT AGENDA Objective: As noted in Disasters by Design, hazards lead to disasters as a result of actions people, groups and organizations take or fail to take. Hazards are ubiquitous in the United States; however, hazards are only a necessary condition for disaster, not a sufficient condition. Human actions must come into play. Society creates its own disasters, including determining such characteristics as their frequency, scope and duration. This Disasters Roundtable workshop will focus on preventing flood disasters in the United States. It will provide an opportunity for presenters and audience participants to discuss the nature of the nation’s current vulnerability to flood disasters, the role that such factors as land use and government policy have played in this over the years, and what promising actions can be taken by various sectors and stakeholders—particularly by the scientific community, government entities, civil society groups, and private sector organizations—to reduce the nation’s future flood losses. 8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions William H. Hooke, DR Chair, American Meteorological Society 8:40 AM Opening Remarks David L. Johnson, National Weather Service Session 1: Flood Policy Moderator: Timothy Cohn, U.S. Geological Survey

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Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions - Summary of a Workshop, March 2, 2004, Washington, DC 8:50 AM Facing the 21st Century Flood Challenge: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going Gerald E. Galloway, Titan Corporation Broad discussion, partly historical, on how we got to where we are today, focusing on such issues as human settlement patterns and government policies, including those initiated through Congress and implemented by various administrations through the Corps of Engineers and FEMA. 9:20 AM Presidential Disaster Declarations and Flood Policy Richard Sylves, University of Delaware Discussion on what presidential flood disaster declarations tell us about flood disaster occurrence in the United States and the evolution of government flood policy. 9:40 AM Questions and Discussion 10:00 AM Break 10:15 AM Session 2: The Role of Government Moderator: Ellis M. Stanley, Sr., City of Los Angeles Governments at all levels play a key role in flood disaster loss reduction. This panel will discuss promising government initiatives to reduce future flood losses in the nation.   Federal Assistance for Flood Risk Management Harry Kitch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   National Flood Insurance Program: Repetitive Loss Program Cliff Oliver, Federal Emergency Management Agency/DHS   No Adverse Impact: A Common Sense Strategy for Floodplain Management Larry Larson, Association of State Floodplain Managers 11:15 AM Questions and Discussion 11:35 AM Lunch break (cafeteria available) 12:45 PM Session 3: Society’s Role in Reducing Flood Losses Moderator: Susan Tubbesing, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

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Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions - Summary of a Workshop, March 2, 2004, Washington, DC   Successful flood loss reduction can only be achieved through the active involvement of civil society and the private sector. This panel will discuss promising initiatives in the private sector and in such civil society organizations as professional associations.   Insurance Alone Is Not Enough – It Is Better to Prevent a Loss Rather than Recover from One! Clive Goodwin, FM Global   Levees: How Protected Is A “Protected Area?” James Russell, Institute for Business and Home Safety   Public Private Partnership Case Study Ann Patton, City of Tulsa 1:45 PM Questions and Discussion 2:05 PM Break 2:20 PM Session 4: Panel on Science and Technology Moderator: Ross Corotis, University of Colorado, Boulder This panel will discuss scientific and technical developments and initiatives which, combined with other human actions, offer promise for advancing flood reduction policy and practice:   S&T in the U.S. Geological Survey Robert Mason, U.S. Geological Survey   Flood Map Modernization Michael Howard, Federal Emergency Management Agency/DHS   NOAA’s Role in Science and Technology for Flood Loss Reduction Thomas Graziano, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 3:40 PM Questions and Discussion Session 5: Development Issues Moderator: William Hooke, American Meteorological Society 4:00 PM Long-term Development of a Watershed: What determines when enough is enough? George Rogers, Texas A&M University

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Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions - Summary of a Workshop, March 2, 2004, Washington, DC 4:30 PM Questions and Discussion 5:00 PM Adjourn