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September ASCE Luncheon

September 17, 2020
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
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The virtual room will open at approximately 11:45 AM. The presentation will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is September 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Registration is required. Contact [email protected]

About the Presentation

Ohio Emergency Management Agency Mitigation Branch Overview

The OEMA Mitigation Branch develops and maintains a comprehensive state and local mitigation planning program, which includes:

  • Developing and maintaining the State Hazard Mitigation Plan,
  • Providing training and technical assistance to local communities on Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) development, and
  • Reviewing LHMPs prior to their submittal to FEMA for approval.

A hazard mitigation plan is a strategic/guidance document used by an entity to reduce future risk to
life and property. A hazard mitigation plan has the following elements:

  • A public participation process for bringing together diverse stakeholders in the jurisdiction(s) to provide an array of input into the plan,
  • A risk assessment to identify the hazards, determine the people and property subject to those hazards, and estimate vulnerability,
  • A mitigation strategy that contains goals, objectives and an action plan to implement priority mitigation actions that reduce risk,
  • A maintenance process to ensure the plan is reviewed, updated and does not sit idle, and
  • An adoption requirement to ensure the participating jurisdictions support the plan.

Currently, Ohio is a national leader in LHMP development. All 88 counties have developed FEMA approved LHMPs. LHMPs are required to be updated every five years in order to maintain eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.


Mr. Steve Ferryman — Ohio EMA Mitigation Branch Chief

Mr. Ferryman joined the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in December 2008 and serves as the Mitigation Branch Chief for Ohio.  The Mitigation Branch administers FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs for the State.  The Mitigation Branch is also responsible for maintaining the State of Ohio Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Prior to joining the Ohio EMA, Mr. Ferryman worked at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, Floodplain Management Program for nine years.  Major responsibilities included assisting communities in maintaining National Flood Insurance Program compliance and providing technical assistance and information about floodplain management to Ohio communities.  Mr. Ferryman helped develop and implement the Floodplain Management Program’s first grant to Ohio communities, which provided funding and technical assistance to create local natural hazard mitigation plans.

Mr. Ferryman graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Resource Management with an emphasis in Water Resources.  He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

CPD Hours

A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.


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