Planning to Turn the Tide
In early 2020, with his long-time friend and videographer David Taylor, then Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division chair Jim Schwab, FAICP, conceived the idea that the division could support the production of a documentary film on the role of planners and planning in helping communities address challenges posed by natural disasters and climate change. The goal would be both to educate and to inspire local officials, the public, planners, universities, and other public decision makers to take such issues seriously in a quest to build more resilient communities. This would be a new and bold way for HMDR to project its message beyond its own members to a wider world that is awakening to the high costs of inaction and lack of attention to natural hazards.
Initially delayed by the pandemic, the project got underway in late 2021 with the creation of an advisory committee and some first steps toward planning both the overall narrative and identifying opportunities for developing content. Nearly a year later, the project is in full swing. The crew, now consisting of Taylor, Schwab, Kim Taylor (David’s wife and an experienced broadcaster), and Anthony Clark, has filmed in San Diego at the 2022 APA National Planning Conference, in Orlando at the 2022 annual conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and in July in and around Panama City, Florida, an area recovering from the 2018 impact of Hurricane Michael. They are working with volunteers in other locations in Florida, the mid-Atlantic, Colorado, and Texas, and are establishing relationships elsewhere. To date, they have completed 25 interviews. The aim is to produce a stirring hour-long film that will reach a wide audience.
How to Support the Project
APA recently created a donations page on its website to enable online donations directly dedicated to this project. Funds support travel for the film crew, needed supplies, and other film development and promotional costs.
Donations on planning.org
Check back soon to donate online via planning.org.
Persons preferring to send a check may mail a donation to:
APA Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division, P.O. Box 34818, Philadelphia PA 19101.HMDR will recognize donors throughout the duration of the project. With the new crowdfunding option at the link above, we will track donors for recognition on this web page, through social media, and in the film credits. We will also reward contributors with ongoing information about the making of the film, our progress, and special viewing opportunities as we approach completion and distribution.
Thank you, donors!
To date, we wish to recognize the following who contributed prior to the creation of the donations link:
Tier 1 contributors ($10,000 and up)
Tier 2 contributors ($5,000-$9,999):
Association of State Floodplain Managers (in-kind donation)
Tier 3 contributors ($1,000-$4,999):
APA Divisions Council (Product Development Grant)
Tier 4 contributors ($500-$999):
Richard Roths, AICP
Tier 5 $100-$499
Tier 6 $10-$99