KAMM 2022 Conference Presentations

2022 KAMM Conference

KAMM Family Reunion, Rooted in Mitigation 

Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport in Northern Kentucky

September 19 – Preconference Activities, Workshops and Welcome Fest





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Presentation Recap – September 20-22

Our agenda was jam-packed with over 50 speakers!  Our keynote speakers are Jeremy Slinker, Director KYEM, and Carey Johnson, Director DOW

The Kentucky Silver Jackets were again our Plenary on Wednesday when agencies and organizations report to us .

We had KAMM Region and KAMM Committee meetings too. Elections occurred in Region I and III.

Conference Agenda: Link to the 2022 KAMM Conference Agenda Final rev.  Follow the links in the agenda to speaker abstracts and bio/s.  


Tuesday Presentations

7:15 – 7:45 amNew Conference Attendees Orientation – Mario Sebastiani, KAMM Region III Representative 2022 KAMM Conference Orientation

8:00 – 8:30 amWelcome – KAMM State of the Union – -Esther White KAMM Chair

8:30 – 9:30 am – Keynotes – Jeremy C Slinker, Director, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and Carey Johnson, Director, Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) – KAMM Conference Keynote – Carey Johnson

9:45 – 10:00 am – KAMM Annual Awards –  KAMM 2022 Mitigation Awards, Ben Conley, KAMM Treasurer

  • KAMM Mitigation Manager of the Year – Jason York
  • KAMM Mitigation Project of the Year – Western Kentucky University Disaster Science Operation Center

10:20 – 11:10 am – 3 Concurrent Sessions50- Minute Concurrent

What’s New in the NFIP World, and Risk Rating 2.0 – Dewana Davis, FEMA RIV

The Henderson County Weather Ready Community Pilot Project – Timothy Troutman Derrick Snyder Kenneth Garrett, Henderson County OEM;  NWS Paducah; and Henderson Office of Emergency Management

Overview of Oldham County’s Basin Design, Retrofit, and Education Initiative – Becca Trueman, Oldham County Fiscal Court

11:20 – 11:50 am – 3 Concurrent Sessions1/2 hr. Concurrent

Tips & Tricks for Local Floodplain Managers – Alex VanPelt, DOW

From Forgotten to Critical Resource Planning for Kentucky Future with Wetlands – Michaela Lambert, DOW

Research to Operations An Applied Service-Learning Model for All-Hazards Mitigation Planning and Decision Support for Major Events and Incidents – John Bowen, WKU

1:00 – 1:50 pm3 Concurrent Sessions50- Minute Concurrent

Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch Region IV Update – Roy McClure, FEMA RIV

Prioritizing Flood Risks – Lori Rafferty and Jennifer Caummisar-Kern, Louisville MSD

NEW! National Water Prediction Service (NWPS), Kentucky Flood Review and Flood Hazard Simplification – Julia Dian-Reed, and Jane Marie Wix, NOAA/NWS

2:00 – 2:30 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions1/2 hr. Concurrent

Assessing Landslide Susceptibility and Risk in Eastern KY through FEMA HMGP Projects- Matt Crawford, KGS

Mission Essential – Building Emergency Preparedness and Operational Resiliency – Meghan Brown and Josh Hunn, Louisville MSD and AECOM

Flood Inundation Study for Silver Grove, Kentucky Justin Boldt and Cindy Minter, USGS and Campbell County

2:45 – 3:35 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions50- Minute Concurrent

Substantial Damage Administrative Procedures -Getting your Ducks in a Row Before a Disaster Happens – Smithline and VanPelt, FEMA RIV and DOW  

Clean Water Act Section 401 -Water Quality Certification – Samantha Vogeler, DOW

Utilizing the Kentucky Mesonet in the Emergency Management Cycle – Megan Schargorodski, WKU

3:40 – 4:10 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions – 1/2 hr. Concurrent


USACE 101 – Brandon Brummett, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District

Minimizing Vulnerability and Improving Response to Potable Water Service Outages -Katie Umberg, Arcadis

Bridge and Culvert Scour Challenges and Solutions – Jimmy Stahl and Zach Dettlinger, GPD Group



Wednesday Presentations

9:15 – 9:45 am3 Concurrent Sessions – 1/2 hr. Concurrent

Dam Decommissioning – Considerations and Keys to Success -Janeen McDermott, AECOM

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Overview – Geni Jo Brawner, KYEM

Assistance with On-Site Weather Support and Preparedness -The NWS Evacuation and Sheltering Decision Tool – Mike Kochasic, NOAA/NWS

9:45 – 10:15 am – 3 Concurrent Sessions – 1/2 hr. Concurrent

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Environmental Mitigation and Suitability Modeler – Travis Miller, OKI

Reclamation of Historic Mining Hazards – A Community Approach – Samantha Johnson, Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

Changing Precipitation Trends -Mary Lamm, NWS

10:30 – 11:20 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions – 50- Minute Concurrent

Substantial Damage The How-To’s for Local Administrators – Patricia Smithline and Alex VanPelt, FEMA RIV and DOW

The Evolution Optimization and Implementation of a Stormwater Management Program to Facilitate Urban Stream Restoration – A Science-Based Approach – Matt Wooten, Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky

Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance – Kurt Luecke, Floodproofing.com

11:30 – 12:00 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions – 1/2 hr. Concurrent

State Floodplain Permit Basics – Alex VanPelt and David Coe, DOW

Sustainability Benefits from Monitoring Stormwater in your Community MS4-SCM Flooding, and Water Quality – Brent Register, OTT Hydromet

Identifying Erosion Hazards using Desktop and Drone Flights – Sarah Taylor, Stantec

1:10 – 2:00 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions – 50-minute Concurrent

Introduction and Overview of the Community Rating System Program – Amanda Gowans, ISO/Verisk

HMA Grant Application Development- Esther White and Brittany Duvall, UK Hazard Mitigation Grants Program and KYEM

WARN – Taking a Grassroots Approach to Serving Weather Vulnerable Populations – Jane Marie Wix and Jason York, NOAA, Jackson; and Bath County EMA

2:15 – 3:25 pm3 Concurrent Sessions – 50-minute Concurrent

The 2021 Addendum to the CRS Coordinator’s Manual – Amanda Gowans, ISO/Verisk

HMA Grant Application Development- Esther White and Brittany Duvall, UK Hazard Mitigation Grants Program and KYEM

The Kentucky December 2021 Tornadoes – Before During and After the Longest Night – Mike Kochasic and Mary Lamm, NOAA/NWS

3:30 – 4:00 pm – 3 Concurrent Sessions – 1/2 hr. Concurrent

Partnering for Nature Based Solutions – Shelly Morris, The Nature Conservancy

GIS Resources for Energy Security Planning- Amanda LeMaster, EEC Office of Energy Policy

February -March 2021 Flooding and the First NWS Louisville Drone Hydrology Surveys – Andrea Schoettmer, NOAA/NWS


Thursday Plenary

9:00 – 10:00 am 

USACE Eastern Kentucky Disaster Response

George Minges, Chief of  Emergency Operations Section

Michael Borchers, Chief of Hydraulics and Hydrology Section

Adam Connelly, Water Management

Brandon Brummett, Outreach Coordinator, Louisville District






See you in Prestonsburg!


September 18 – 21, 2023!




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