Past Event

Roundtable Workshop 10: Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions

March 2, 2004

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001


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

8:40 AM Opening Remarks
David L. Johnson, National Weather Service

Session 1: Flood Policy

Moderator: Timothy Cohn, U.S. Geological Survey

8:50 AM Facing the 21st Century Challenge: Where have we been and where are we going?
Gerald Galloway, Titan Corporation

9:20 AM Presidential Disaster Declarations and Flood Policy

Richard T. Sylves, University of Delaware

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/Department of Homeland Security

The No Adverse Impact Development Approach to Community Flood Damage Reduction and Sustainability
Larry Larson, Association of State Floodplain Managers

11:15 AM Questions and Discussion

12:45 PM Session 3: Society's Role in Reducing Flood Losses

Moderator: Susan Tubbesing, EERI
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 Insurance

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 (Also see the Tulsa Flood Story.

1:45 PM Questions and Discussion

2:20 PM Session 4: Role of Science and Technology

Moderator: Ross Corotis, University of Colorado
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.

Tom Graziano, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mike Howard, Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security

Robert Mason, U.S. Geological Survey

3:30 PM Questions and Discussion

3:50 p.m. Session 5: Development Issues

Moderator: William Hooke, American Meteorlogoical Society
Long term development of a watershed: What determines when enough is enough?
George Rogers, Texas A&M University

4:20 PM Questions and Discussion

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions -- Summary of a Workshop, March 2, 2004, Washington, DC (2004)

On March 2, 2004 the Disasters Roundtable held its 10th workshop, which dealt with the topic of flood hazards and what needs to be done to help reduce society's future vulnerability to them. The summary of the workshop, entitled Reducing Future Flood Losses: The Role of Human Actions, covers discussion by academic, government and private sector experts and stakeholders on the role of local, state and federal government in countering floo... More >>

About this Event

Organizing Body:

Disasters Roundtable

Primary Board:

Disasters Roundtable


John Brown,