KAMM Mitigation Awardees

Listed below are the Individuals and Projects receiving an annual Mitigation Award. Congratulations to the recipients of these prestigious awards.

Mitigation Manager of the Year Awards

Mitigation Manager Awards of the Year Began in 2012


Justin Gray, Louisville MSD, for Maple Street buyouts in West Louisville, and due to his leadership through many mitigation-related grant and acquisition projects throughout the Louisville Metro area. 


Esther White for exemplary work with local communities, HMGP, University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy & Administration


Geni Jo Brawner, KYEM, for outstanding leadership in managing the Commonwealth’s mitigation programs


Cindy Minter for entering several Campbell County communities into the Community Rating System (CRS) and working to tie mitigation in with everyday planning and zoning.


Amanda LeMaster, KYEM, for managing numerous mitigation projects and being one of the state’s most effective communicators for mitigation.  This effectiveness is a function of work, study, breadth of experience, and subsequent mastery of this field.


Emory Kidd, Metcalfe County Emergency Management, Because of Emory’s efforts in 2009, Metcalfe County Fiscal Court, Allen County Fiscal Court, and Barren County Fiscal Court applied for 10 stand-alone, single use, community safe room grants in each county.  These safe rooms were constructed at rural fire departments, protecting vulnerable populations from tornadoes and straight-line winds up to 250 mph.  Emory coordinated the Nation’s first pilot program to distribute 6,500 NOAA weather radios to every structure in Metcalfe County.  He also obtained approval to add a transmitter on an existing weather tower to increase signal from 70% coverage to 90% coverage for the entire region. 


Brian Thompson, City of Falmouth CRS program initiative

Brian Thompson brought together local officials, legislators, State and Federal Representatives, community stakeholders, and neighboring counties to tackle rising insurance rates and floodplain development issues.  His initiative led to formation of a Local Floodplain Development Committee with a united goal of becoming a CRS community.

Brian is the committee’s driving force.  He rewrote Falmouth’s Flood Ordinance to the higher CRS regulatory standard, updated the County’s Comprehensive Plan to address floodplain development and guided local officials to institute sound mitigation practices.

Through extensive outreach tools, he has significantly improved community awareness on flood-related issues.  His diligence resulted in the coveted CRS designation this year for all his jurisdictions an unprecedented initial entry at Level 7 for Falmouth and Butler and Level 9 for the County.  He saved residents over $41, 000 in insurance premiums.


John “J P” Carsone, Louisville MSD , for leadership in Louisville Silver Jackets

JP Carsone has enhanced and energized an agency culture of Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency planning through multifaceted program & project management at Louisville MSD.  His position as the Emergency Preparedness & Operations Resiliency Administrator exemplifies how J P has transformed previously managing multiple mitigation projects into a recognized fulltime role.  A long-time advocate for mitigation planning, he is leading local, innovative Catastrophic Levee Failure Response Planning through mapping and safety drills, engaging with national leaders to develop emergency workshops, developing an agency-specific Emergency Response Plan, and managing Business Continuity Planning for after-emergency resiliency.  While wearing many hats, JP remains active in the Silver Jackets Program.  His personal work ethic to build these programs will have a lasting impact for the city of Louisville and serves as a model deserving to be replicated throughout the Commonwealth.


Joe Sullivan, NWS, Louisville Joe Sullivan, has been a member of KAMM since our early days.  Joe has devoted the bulk of his career to working with partner agencies to improve communication of critical weather information for the protection of life and property in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation.  Joe is a Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Louisville NWS office.

Joe is the best outreach partner ever for KAMM, often providing NWS perspective in activities such as Silver Jackets and NWS Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors.  Joe’s suggested conference themes, 16 KAMM-dles, was seriously considered before we settled on KAMM in a Virtual World: Can’t Stop KAMM!  Always ready to roll with the punches, Joe’s Thursday morning sessions at KAMM conferences have entertained attendees for years.  His delivery and preparation are always impeccable.  Joe embodies the KAMM Mitigation Manager of the Year like no other.



Floodplain Manager of the Year Awards

KAMM Floodplain Manager of the Year Award Began in 2013 and transitioned to Mitigation Manager of the Year in 2017.


Jason Hart for the City of Richmond Water Street project

Jason Hart as the Floodplain Coordinator & Director of Planning & Zoning for the City of Richmond initiated a Stormwater Management Evaluation Study in 2011.  The purpose of this study was to prepare a comprehensive plan to address all stormwater issues and activities that the city faces.  The first update of that report happened in 2013 and includes key information updates because of flooding rains during the summer of 2012, updated US Census information and use of actual impervious surface information from the City of Richmond GIS program.  The City of Richmond is situated at the headwaters of four drainage watersheds, namely, Otter Creek, Tates Creek, Taylor Fork and Silver Creek.  The study found that many existing stormwater problems are caused by an inadequate stormwater system, development in floodplains, as well as a lack of curb and gutter to direct stormwater runoff into the yard inlets in many neighborhoods.  The lack of a comprehensive management approach has hindered the identification and prioritization of the problems.

By combining the stormwater master plan with the use of the Geosync Go data management program the City has simplified its tracking and filing process.  This has enabled the City to support projects with a timeline of storm events and damage associated with disasters.


Jimmy Kiser for repetitive loss buyouts in Pike County

Jimmy Kiser is the Pike County Flood Plain Manager and works diligently with KYEM on HMA funding opportunities to assist Pike County in being more resilient. The Pike County HMGP Project with the Pike County Fiscal Court focused HMGP funding for a 26 structure Acquisition Project along Raccoon Creek.


Dave Herndon, Hopkinsville for stormwater initiatives

Dave Herndon, The City of Hopkinsville was mitigating flooding before flood mitigation was cool, and Dave has been a major player in these efforts.  Due to the consistent efforts of Dave and his cohorts at Community Development Services over the years, the City may soon be one of KY’s first to have mitigated all SRL properties from the NFIP’s database, a feat not to be taken lightly.


Toby Spalding, Radcliff, for managing the Quiggins/Happy Valley Sinkhole Drainage Mitigation Project

Toby Spalding is City Engineer for the City of Radcliff and its Engineering/Stormwater Department.  Toby manages the Quiggins/Happy Valley Sinkhole Drainage Mitigation Project funded through a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grant.  This mitigation project involves the acquisition of four properties on 36-plus acres that floods due to 86 sinkholes pockmarking the area.  The acquisition area also contains endangered plant and animal species causing additional federal and state regulations to come into play.  Toby is adept at adapting critical administrative paths and budget changes to implement the project and maintains the project schedule.  He has become a local expert in explaining regulations from FEMA, EPA, and USACE.  Toby is an ideal example of a local floodplain manager who values planning and project implementation.  Toby manages Radcliff’s floodplains, and he manages them well.


Brian Bishop, Henderson County in 2017 repetitive loss work and CRS imitative

Brian Bishop is a CFM and has continually led efforts to improve the floodplain management in his community.  Over the last couple of years, he has been appointed Executive Director of the Henderson Joint Planning Commission, entered his 2 jurisdictions into the CRS program, and completed the first Repetitive Loss Area Analysis in KY.  This analysis included a survey, with communication with each owner, of over 150 structures in repetitive flood loss areas. 

Brian has been a key stakeholder in flood reduction efforts on Canoe Creek, including remapping the areas flood maps and completing a LOMA process in his jurisdiction benefiting multiple properties.  Brian has been a KAMM member since the beginning and served as a KAMM Regional Representative for 2 terms.

Mitigation Project of the Year Awards

KAMM Project of the Year Began in 2018


City of Wayland Drainage Improvements

The City of Wayland did not have a drainage system which resulted in pooling of water that would stand for weeks and sometimes months after a regular rain event.  Several inches
of rain produced flooding of at least a dozen structures and the closing of the main insertion in town Route 7/1086. 

Without a working drainage system, citizens were impacted by the health dangers associated with standing water as well as the loss to property due to frequent flooding of homes.  Mayor Jerry Fultz with the help of Regina Hall-McClure pursued and were awarded a $409,000 Hazard Mitigation Grant to address these flooding issues.  Today this project is completed and Wayland’s citizens are no longer facing the impacts of multiple, repetitive flooding issues that have been occurring for decades.



Great Saltpetre Preserve of the Rockcastle Karst Conservancy

The Great Saltpetre Preserve (GSP) is the home of a historic limestone cave once mined for saltpeter that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The 306-acre property is managed and maintained by a dedicated, nonprofit group of volunteers who are committed to preserving an important part of Kentucky’s natural beauty and history. 

Neena Jud, GSP Secretary, applied for mitigation grant funding to reduce repetitive damages to the grounds and roadway from runoff during heavy rainfall events.  After the grant was awarded in 2017, she and her husband, Werner, rallied the volunteers and completed the drainage improvement project in less than six months. 

Incorporating elements of green infrastructure design including swales and native plantings, the group successfully installed culverts, drains, and rock dispersion structures to effectively control the runoff.  The result is a solution that blends with the natural environment and highlights the beauty of collaboration with dedicated individuals.





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