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By - Jon Brown

How to Build Climate Resilient Infrastructure
December 3, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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The time to invest in resilient infrastructure is now. Opportunities are abundant as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created a new program called Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) to help capital asset owners take on resiliency projects for climate action.

Extreme temperatures, wildfires, superstorms, rising sea levels, and other hazards are only increasing in frequency and severity resulting in trillions of dollars in damages. What are the best design and build strategies for our critical infrastructure? What are the latest innovative technologies to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change?

Attend EUCI’s online event, How to Build Climate Resilient Infrastructure, to hear best practices and lessons learned from government agencies, engineers, contractors, solutions providers, and expert advisors. With Q&A sessions following each presentation, interact with industry leaders who have developed climate resilient capital projects with public and private customers.

Learning Outcomes

This event will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Identify vulnerabilities and market drivers for climate resilient infrastructure
  • Evaluate cutting-edge solutions and design and build strategies
  • Gain a better understanding of timelines, costs, and feasibility
  • Compare strategies across the public and private sector
  • Realize the interdependencies of all infrastructure
  • Improve emergency planning



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations will be used in the program.

Who Should Attend

  • Federal, state, and municipal agencies
  • City planners
  • Emergency planners
  • Capital asset owners and developers
    • Critical infrastructure
    • Public and private
    • Universities and schools
    • Hospitals
    • Utilities
    • Military installments
  • Financial service providers
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction companies
  • Architects
  • Solutions Providers


Thursday, December 3, 2020 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Keynote Address: Identifying Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Our Infrastructure

In this session, FEMA will discuss climate change vulnerabilities and how stakeholders can leverage grant programs such as the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program in thinking about the importance of improving infrastructure and resilience in communities. Some areas of focus for the keynote are:

  • Impacts of extreme temperatures, rising sea levels, super storms, flooding, draughts, wildfires, and other hazards on our existing infrastructure
  • Where action is needed most
  • Timelines for action
  • Possible solutions

Resiliency & Sustainability Planning in New York City

  • Update on C40 Initiatives and the Climate Mobilization Act
  • The future of emission caps and carbon pricing
  • How to form mutual aid teams to meet new regulations
  • Electrification, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and battery storage
  • Transportation resilience and street resurfacing
  • How to prepare for a heatwave
  • Flood proofing, resiliency in the flood path, storm water/wastewater overflow management
  • Infrastructure hardening and undergrounding
  • Impacts of covid-19 on capital projects
  • Climate impacts on disadvantaged communities
  • Preparing for managed retreat

Coastal Resilience and Flood Analysis

  • Stormwater management and flood mitigation solutions
  • Evaluating different strategies
  • Cost estimates for various projects
  • Siting & permitting, due diligence, and qualifying foundations
  • Timelines to build
  • Market drivers of harmonizing infrastructure development with environmental practices

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Resilient Transportation Infrastructure Budget Analysis & Feasibility

  • How to enable transportation resiliency and sustainability
  • Resilient infrastructure development, deployment, and finance
  • Developing strategies for public and private sector clients
  • Structuring public-private-partnerships (P3)
  • Digital infrastructure for resilience and other innovative solutions

Microgrids and How to Build Climate Resilient Energy Infrastructure

  • How onsite energy generation provides resiliency
  • Understanding the value stack of distributed energy resources (VDER)
  • Renewable resources for long-term sustainability and climate action
  • Strategies for utilities and commercial and industrial (C&I) end users

How to Build for Broadband Resilience & Recovery

Broadband infrastructure is critical infrastructure. Broadband resilience is about preventing outages and having systems in place to recover from temporary outages.

  • Hardwired connections
  • Dig Once Initiative, the move from aerial to underground
  • Backup power supplies & internet redundancies
  • Mobile broadband backup solutions
  • Interdependencies of all infrastructure & broadband

Investing in Reliable Weather Data for Situational Awareness & Critical Decision Making

This presentation will highlight the latest applications in remote sensing for weather data. Learn how emergency planners utilize remote sensing to track and mitigate wildfires, flooding, road weather, and more. Also, see how data analytics help utilities make critical decisions as they prepare for climate change.


Camille Crain, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Section Chief, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division, FIMA-FEMA 

Camille Crain is the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Section Chief at FEMA Headquarters.  In this role it is her responsibility to design and administer FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance’s newest grant program, BRIC.

Camille came to FEMA HQ from FEMA Region 6 where she served as the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch Chief in the Mitigation Division.  It was her responsibility to manage FEMA’s three HMA grant programs and the HMA staff for the five states and 68 tribes located in Region 6.  She administered in excess of $3 billion of mitigation funding. 

Camille formerly worked for FEMA Region 4 where she has served as a Senior HMA Program Manager, serving as the Team Lead and Supervisor for the States of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.  She also was responsible for HMA training needs in the Region, Mitigation Planning coordination with HMA and Standard Operating Procedures development for the HMA Branch. Camille also served as the FEMA Region 4 representative on the Federal Interagency Community Resiliency Workgroup.    

Camille was the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where she managed the Commonwealth’s hazard mitigation grant program and planning office and led the effort for the approval of the Kentucky State Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Camille started her emergency management career at the University of Kentucky, where she was the Commonwealth’s Grants Manager for its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. 

She brings over 20 years’ experience with FEMA’s HMA grant programs at the university, State and Federal level.    

Camille holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky and is a proud member of Big Blue Nation.  She loves to travel and all the planning that goes into trips. 

Braddock Cunningham, CEO & Chairman, Broadband Infrastructure Inc

A serial entrepreneur & successful CEO, Braddock has been featured in cover page articles in such publications as Entrepreneur Magazine (April 2004), and the motivational book, “The Momentum Journey”. He has authored articles in regional and international publications and has been a featured speaker at seminars and conferences including Oracle, IBM, and Entrepreneurship, and is a twice nominee for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Upon selling his first business to Diversified Computer Consultants in 2000, Braddock founded the supply chain software company, eBridge Technologies, which he grew to include a client-base in more than 70 countries while receiving numerous awards that included a 2003 & 2006 InnoVision Technology Awards. Cunningham sold eBridge to a public logistics company in 2006.

In 2008 he acquired Network Controls and Electric a provider of design, installation, and maintenance of industrial/commercial technology infrastructure. Cunningham grew the company into a leader in the Southeast with four offices across North/South Carolina and grew revenues to record levels over the five years of his leadership. Network Controls was recognized as one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies in South Carolina in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. The company was sold to a private buyer in 2013.

A veteran of the USMC and the SCNG, where he served with distinction, receiving multiple Meritorious Awards. Cunningham serves on several non-profit boards and holds a B.A. from Furman University and an MBA from Clemson University and resides in Simpsonville SC with his wife and two children.

Shawn Bethel, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Director of Business Development, FTS Inc.

Shawn Bethel is the Director of Business Development at Forest Technology Systems Inc. (FTS) based in Victoria, British Columbia. Started in 1980, FTS is a manufacturer of remote environmental monitoring solutions including systems, instrumentation, software and communications technology to support wildfire management, hydrology and meteorological services industries. The company’s hardware and software technologies comprise the single largest wildfire weather monitoring network in the world. Shawn is helping FTS and its sister companies within the Advanced environmental Monitoring (AEM) group to help support critical decision making in the power utility industry by providing greater field awareness during times of heightened wildfire risk to the transmission and distribution operations and the surrounding communities. Shawn brings his extensive operational wildfire background and experiences to demonstrate the many use case scenarios of technology applications in the wildfire management realms and how many of them can translate into similar value-added benefits to the power utility markets, recognizing that situational awareness is paramount to operational efficiencies and cost savings but most importantly, worker/public safety.


During his 20 HIGHLIGHTS: + years in wildfire operations in British Columbia, Shawn worked in many roles from a wildland firefighter rappelling from helicopters, aerial

firefighting tactics, to senior roles on Incident Management Teams and duty officer as a Provincial Wildfire Protection Officer. Shawn served on the wildfire protection leadership team responsible for monitoring wildfire risk in an area approximately twice the size of California State with essential emergency services workload from approximately 2,500 wildfires annually. Shawn was accountable for protecting a wide range of people, property, infrastructures and assets from wildfire across multi-jurisdictional land management authorities involving a complex range of public/private stakeholders.

Using his extensive operational wildfire background combined with 15 years of experience in private sector with wildfire technologies, Shawn is helping FTS to demonstrate the many use case scenarios of predictive services and monitoring technology applications in the wildfire & emergency management realms and how many of them can translate into similar value-added benefits to mitigate risks in a wide range of public/private industry sectors. Shawn recognizes that heightened situational awareness is paramount to operational efficiencies, cost savings in protecting transmission & distribution areas of interest from wildfire but most importantly, worker and public safety.

Shawn received his BBA at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia in 1995. After pursuing pre-law courses at the University of British Columbia, Shawn decided that the wildfire industry was too important to him and chose to follow this passion for working in wildfire management. Shawn worked for the Province of British Columbia in Canada as both a Wildfire Protection Officer and Manager of International Cooperation and Training Projects based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Shawn understands the importance of reliable data via enabling technologies to understand the workload and the associated organizational response required to mitigate risks, overcome challenges, pursue continuous improvement and maintain long-term successful operations. Shawn joined the FTS team in 2019 and is using his wildfire background and industry knowledge to lead the Business Development activities for FTS, a part of the AEM Group of companies.

Senior Representative, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

AJ Perkins, President, Instant ON

Marc Powell, Senior Managing Director & Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
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  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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