Get involved in the National Disaster Resilience Competition!

A message from Jim Schwab, Hazards Planning Research Center, American Planning Association    11/6/14

As planners interested in hazard mitigation and resilience, I am sure you are aware of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) issued by HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience for the National Disaster Resilience Competition. We at APA have been in touch with HUD and are working on to engage planners in the competition by:

  • Communicating to our members the importance of this opportunity for planners and their communities
  • Providing advice, assistance, and resources on the competition from the perspective of planners, aimed at planners
  • Helping explain the possible roles of planners in the two-step application process
  • Offering a resource for planners to connect with, share information, and answer questions on resilience

Towards this end, we have created a dedicated section of the APA website on the NDRC ( We plan to regularly update and strengthen this section in the coming weeks and months as a resource for planners. We also plan to conduct an informational webinar for planners on the competition and the opportunity it provides for successful and creative approaches to resilience. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, November 14 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST and speakers will include Philip Berke, Professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning; David Rouse, Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for APA; and Jim Schwab, Manager of APA’s Hazards Planning National Center. Register at:

We encourage planners with connections to eligible applicants (states and selected local jurisdictions that experienced national disasters between 2011 and 2013) to seek opportunities to get involved in responses to HUD’s NOFA. Also, HUD is interested in identifying planners with resilience expertise to participate in webinars and other technical assistance activities for applicants. And as noted above, APA would like to form a “resilience network” as a resource for planners. If you are interested in participating in either or both of these opportunities, please forward a brief statement with your background and expertise in resilience planning to