Archived Events & Training: Q1 – 2020

Thank you for visiting our archive for all Events & Training from Q1 of 2020. Here you will find notices of previously released white papers, press releases, and other resources offered by state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies. Please note that because the archived notice is for an expired resource, links to the parent site may no longer work. We apologize for this inconvenience.

January  |  February  |  March

No Code. No Confidence: A Campaign to Strengthen National Building Code Awareness – Jan. 14

Building codes are a powerful tool in limiting the impacts of disasters, but many residents don’t know what standards their cities and towns require for new construction, retrofitting, or update. Homeowners and renters might just assume that the buildings they live in are adhering to the most recent and safest standards.


Trade Trends, Policy Actions and Resources for Metals and Critical Minerals – Jan. 16

This webinar with the Census Bureau and International Trade Administration will provide valuable information on the Metals and Critical Minerals Industry, including related industry groups within energy storage/battery, technology and manufacturing bases with supply-chains impacted by critical minerals. Census will discuss its resources, Schedule B Search Engine and the Global Market Finder. Information

Fort Bend County Flood-Wind Insurance Workshops for Industry Professionals – Jan. 15, 16

To help you better understand where the changing risk on the new flood maps and their impact, Fort Bend County has partnered with FEMA and TDI to hold two Insurance Workshops in the county.  These workshops will include discussions about:

  • the Newly Mapped Procedure and Grandfather rating options,
  • impacts of reform legislation and changes to the National Flood Insurance Program,
  • updates from TDI, and
  • using online tools and resources to assist you and your clients

There is no charge for these workshops and we encourage you to share information with others in your office. Space is limited, so it is important that you register to reserve your seat. Two hours of Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are being offered for insurance agents, real estate professionals and Certified Floodplain Managers.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020      1:30 – 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020     9:30 a.m. – noon (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)

Become an outstanding leader in your community by acquiring fresh and up-to-date leadership training through the TEEX Leadership Development Symposium. Topics include leadership, management, safety, budgeting, and more. Information

FEMA Host National Exercise Program Webinar – Jan. 17, 1 pm ET

Exercises help communities better prepare for disasters and emergencies. FEMA is committed to providing exercise design and delivery assistance, tools and resources, enhanced coordination, and the ability to directly influence and inform policy, resource allocation, and preparedness programs. To learn about available exercise design assistance and the benefits of participating in the National Exercise Program, FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars:

  • Via FEMA Teleconference: 1-800-320-4330, participant passcode: 559550.
  • FEMA Adobe Connect: Sign in as a “Guest”.

Ask the Expert: Small Water System Asset Management – Jan. 21

This webinar provides you a chance to ask any questions regarding asset management and its implementation. You can also choose to listen to others’ questions and find out the latest in asset management. This webinar is for you regardless of whether you are just getting started or you are a seasoned practitioner. Information

H-GAC’s Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable – Save the date: Jan. 28

H-GAC’s next Bringing Back Main Street Roundtable is 10 a.m. to noon at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland, Dayton. The focus will be on how small cities are raising development standards for future growth. H-GAC hosts quarterly roundtables to help local governments, chambers of commerce, and economic development interests promote the economic revitalization of downtown areas.

Online registration is requested. For more information, contact Andrea Tantillo.

Ecosystem Management in Towns and Cities – Jan. 29

This has resulted in tremendous shifts in land use resulting in changes to rural and natural ecosystems and the development of urban ecosystems. This webinar will introduce extension agents to concepts of urban ecology, which addresses the intricate relationship between humans and urban trees, air, water, soil, wildlife, and more. For example, research has shown that urban trees reduce crime and improve our health and well-being, as well as helping ameliorate stormwater challenges. Urban ecology is an important concept to understand when working with client groups who have an interest in environmental issues, such as 4-H, Master Gardeners, and others. Information

Save Money and Build Resilience with Distributed Energy Technologies – Feb. 4

Learn about tools from the National Labs for assessing potential facility-level energy technology assessments and how Better Buildings Challenge partners were able to use those assessments to incorporate distributed energy technologies that optimized their facilities’ energy needs. Information

National Nonprofit Organization Recreational Boating Safety Grant Program – Deadline: Feb. 12

The purpose of the National RBS Program is to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths on America’s waterways and to provide a safe enjoyable experience for the boating public. The program also encourages greater nonprofit organization participation and uniformity in boating safety efforts. Information

Targeted Airshed Grant Program – Deadline: Feb. 14

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Targeted Airshed Grant Program. This program will assist local, state, and/or tribal air pollution control agencies to develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Airshed Grant Program is to reduce air pollution in the nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations. Information

Protecting Your Organization: The 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program, and Other Resources to Help Keep Your Facility Safe – Feb. 20

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations; it promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration between public and private community representatives, as well as state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Information

Reducing Water System Costs through Energy Efficiency – Feb. 20

Nearly four percent of the nation’s electricity is consumed by water and wastewater facilities, and industry experts are predicting that energy costs could increase 20 percent by 2035. Water and wastewater treatment costs often consume 50 percent or more of the budget of many small communities. Historically, water and wastewater facilities were designed for peak capacity, with little consideration for operational efficiency. An energy audit performed by trained and certified personnel can often uncover potential energy savings of 10 to 50 percent annually, but even a cursory examination done by in-house staff can often result in substantial energy savings. Information


North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2021 –  Feb. 21

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. The program requires a 1:1 non-federal match and research funding is ineligible. This program supports the DOI and FWS mission of protecting and managing the nation’s natural resources by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to conserve land and water and to expand outdoor recreation and access. Information

Preservation Technology and Training Grants – Deadline: Feb. 24

The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. PTT grants will support the following activities: Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources; specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs; how-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice. Information

Achieving Business Continuity Resilience in 2020 – Feb 26

Even though achieving business resilience presents its challenges, the benefits go beyond risk management and compliance with regulations, contributing to a company’s unique value proposition. Join us for this interactive webinar, where we’ll be discussing some of the best practices for maintaining business continuity resilience and hear our guests share their real-life business continuity experiences. Information

Building Value: Energy Efficiency’s Impact on Financial Performance – Mar. 3

This webinar will present a range of research – empirical, quantitative, and market-based – on the effects of energy efficiency and green building measures on the financial performance of commercial real estate. Academic and financial experts will share their findings on what high-performance building features mean for commercial mortgages and overall value. Information


Youth Preparedness Council Application is Now Open – March 8

The Youth Preparedness Council application is open from January 27, 2020 through March 8, 2020! Students in eighth through eleventh grade are eligible to apply. To apply, go to our application website or download a copy of the application form. Information

All along the Wasatch Fault: Best Building Practices From Utah’s Earthquake Mitigation Efforts – Mar. 10

More than 85 percent of Utah’s population lives along the Wasatch Fault, which poses some of the nation’s highest earthquake hazards. This risk is compounded by the fact that the region includes more than 140,000 brittle unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. URMs can be easily destroyed by large earthquakes and damaged by low-to-moderate shaking, endangering people in the buildings, as well as those outside when their bricks rain down onto sidewalks and streets. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) HAZUS modeling suggests a Magnitude 7 earthquake in Salt Lake City would cause 2,000 to 2,500 fatalities, mostly due to URM damage. Information

The New Way to Amend Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar – Mar. 10

The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) is holding a question and answer webinar for all State and Entitlement grantees on the new process for amending Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans (AAPs) in the eCon Planning Suite. This session will also review the process, timing, and steps required to complete amendments. Information


Supporting Public Safety through Science & Standards: NIST is Working to Keep you Safe – Mar. 11

The National Institute of Standards and Technology supports the federal, state and local public safety community through its research and standards development program. We help develop better ways to (1) test personal protective equipment to ensure that it protects responders, (2) model fires in the urban and wildland to understand how materials burn and fire spreads, (3) strengthen communication technology and interoperability to ensure responders are able to communicate during events, (4) develop methods to test for suspicious materials in the field, and (5) test the capability of emerging technologies to support responders in their jobs. Information

COVID-19: Preparing for What Comes Next – Mar. 23

Join the International Economic Development Council to learn the latest on the impact COVID-19 is having on everything from small businesses to essential civil functions. Our moderator will engage speakers on their past experiences in emerging from economic calamity, whatever the cause — natural disasters or previous outbreaks. Attendees will gain from past experiences and learn important information they can use in the coming weeks and months to help their communities recover from the impact of COVID-19. Information

Urban Mobility Challenge Online Info Session – Mar. 23

The RISE Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge seeks solutions to bring automated real-time flooding information to mobile apps and route guidance platforms. RISE will provide funding to small business-led teams to demonstrate real-time flooding guidance apps in Hampton Roads. Solutions proven successful in this region must be applicable to other coastal cities and communities Information

Ocean Guardian Schools: Learn how to get involved – Mar. 26

Since 2009, NOAA’s Ocean Guardian School program has supported K-12 schools to conduct hands-on watershed/ocean stewardship projects on campuses and in local communities. Please join Naomi Pollack for a program overview and learn how your school can participate and become recognized by NOAA as an Ocean Guardian School. Information


24 CFR Part 55: HUD’s Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection Rules – Mar. 31

The Office of Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) is hosting a webinar to educate HUD recipients, applicants, and their partners on HUD’s Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection regulations at 24 CFR Part 55 implementing Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Information


CDBG-DR Problem Solving Clinic – Chicago, IL – Mar. 31 – Apr. 2

HUD is hosting a three-day Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Problem Solving Clinic in Chicago, Illinois to educate CDBG-DR and CDBG Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) recipients on successfully and compliantly implementing their programs. Information

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