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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Brooke LaPlaca

Program Analyst
FEMA Region 8

Brooke LaPlaca is a Program Analyst within the Planning, Engineering and Tribal Services Branch in FEMA Region 8 and serves as one of the Planning Section Point of Contacts for Utah. With her program management experience, she focuses on integrating best practices, program effectiveness, meeting objectives and communicating results. Skilled in Public/Private partnerships and data analytics, she has a passion for community building and place-making. Brooke holds a Master of Public Administration focused in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from Arkansas State University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Administration with a specialization in event management, allowing her to pair her hospitable mind set with her personal passions of community inclusion and public service.


Advancing Mitigation and Resilience in Utah – It Starts with a Plan! »

2024 Spring Conference, May 9, 2024 9:30 am

Planning for hazards is the most powerful way Utah communities can manage growing disaster and climate risks, and other future conditions. In this session, participants will learn about their role and value in hazard mitigation planning, and better understand the call to action to help mitigate and adapt to amplified risk. This includes funding for your community’s mitigation and adaptation planning and project needs. Participants will also learn about the critical relationship local hazard mitigation plans have to advancing the implementation of Utah’s new Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Participants will learn about the State’s mitigation solution and investment strategy, projects with cascading benefits, and steps to break the disaster cycle and support the most socially vulnerable populations. This session dives into critical and innovative principles, strategies, and best practices for bringing together diverse stakeholders, including federal agencies, state agencies, academia, emergency managers, the public, and more.

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