Striving for integration in a Multi-Sector System: Lessons from the California Multi-Hazard Plan Process

William Siembieda
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 09:30
RTH 324

Multi-hazard mitigation planning crosses boundaries and requires participation from multiple actors, mostly from the public sector.  Cross-sector communications emerges as a powerful tool to foster the partnership needed for boundary crossing.   The end goal is integration of effort among actors at all scales.   The process of  designing and assembling a  FEMA standard and enhanced state level multi-hazard mitigation plan is a case study in striving for integration.  The nationally  acclaimed State of California multi-hazard mitigation plan  effort is the subject of this presentation.

Bio: William Siembieda is an internationally known disaster mitigation planner. His work bridges scholarship and practice. He was a key member of the team that prepared the highly acclaimed 2013 and 2010 State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. His work on the legislative framework led to the first of its kind 2004 Federal District of Caracas (Venezuela) Mitigation and Preparedness Plan. In 2008 he conducted studies of long-term disaster recovery studies in Niigata (Japan) and pre-disaster planning studies in Nara Prefecture (Japan), and has continued to work on recovery plans for the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. His four-country Central America study of 15 poor communities demonstrates how communities chose a paradigm for disaster recovery and provides insight into viable long-term recovery.

Siembieda is Professor of City and Regional Planning and director of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Resilient Communities Research Institute at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and CA.  He has held academic appointments at the University of New Mexico and at the University of California-San Diego. He has been visiting research professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Research Scholar at the Joint Center for Disaster Research, Massey University, Wellington, NZ, and serves as an international advisor to Chile’s National Research Center for Integrated Disaster Management.  Research areas include disaster mitigation planning, recovery theory, resiliency planning, land use planning, and urban land market behavior.

Dr. Siembieda holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Economics B.A. and a MCRP (City Planning) from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Recent scholarship includes: “Towards a risk-based framework for land use reconstruction planning,” Journal of the American Planning Association, “The role of the built environment in the recovery of cities and communities from extreme events,” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters; “Rebuild fast but rebuild better: Chile’s initial recovery following the 27F earthquake and tsunami,” Earthquake Spectra; and “Transactions and friction as concepts to guide disaster recovery policy,” International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, and “Adaptation to seismic risk and climate change: San Francisco and Berkeley, CA,” in  Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Hazards Planning, Policy for the ARkStorm Scenario (USGS), and “The Crisis Management System in Japan.” in Possible Futures for Japan (forthcoming, New York University Press).