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Planning and Building Livable, Safe & Sustainable Communities

The Patchwork Quilt Approach

Edward A. Thomas, Esq.
Alessandra Jerolleman, MPA, CFM
Terri L. Turner, AICP, CFM
Darrin Punchard, AICP, CFM
Sarah K. Bowen, CFM


Introduction

This paper is based on a concept Ed Thomas developed while serving as the President's representative, the federal coordinating officer, in Iowa following the Great Midwest Floods of 1993. Previous editions of this White Paper were published by the Association of State Floodplain Managers in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The original materials for this White Paper were contained in an article Mr. Thomas authored with Barbara Yagerman of the Federal Emergency Management Agency that was published by ASFPM in 1994.

This White Paper is an update of previous documents, updated by Ed Thomas, with the assistance of Jennifer K. Dunn, CFM, the USACE Silver Jackets Program Manager, and Alessandra Jerolleman, CFM, MPA, the Executive Director of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. This White Paper is especially designed for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program. This document is based in part on a White Paper, titled "Preventing Human Caused Disasters," developed by Edward A. Thomas and Sarah K. Bowen, CFM with financial assistance from the Michael Baker Company, published by ASFPM in 2009.

Mr. Thomas, a floodplain manager and disaster response and recovery specialist, is also an attorney. His primary concern is the prevention of misery to disaster victims, the public purse and to the environment. Floodplain management through the law is his chosen method of accomplishing this goal. Alessandra Jerolleman is a floodplain manager, planner and community resilience specialist. Terri Turner is a planner, floodplain manager and hazard mitigation specialist. Darrin Punchard is a planner and floodplain manager. Sarah K. Bowen is a planner and floodplain manager.

The authors gratefully acknowledge editorial support from Wes Shaw of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the significant additional materials by Deborah Mills, the former hazard mitigation program manager for the Commonwealth of Virginia, who now works for Dewberry & Davis, Inc .

This White Paper contains the opinions of the authors, and is not necessarily endorsed by any firm or agency. This White Paper is neither planning nor legal advice.

This edition of Patchwork Quilt is especially dedicated to Tom Hirsch, AIA, whose work on the Soldiers Grove Relocation effort in Wisconsin many years ago pointed the way of using a combination of funds to pull together an effort to make the lives of folks who suffered horrible flood losses, different and better in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

 Planning and Building Livable, Safe & Sustainable Communities - The Patchwork Quilt Approach

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