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Ed Thomas

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Natural Hazard Mitigation Association

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Emergency Management/Services, Environment, Government (Local), Government (State), Government (Federal), Outreach/Education, Planning, Public Works/Infrastructure, Legal, Zoning, Other

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Edward A. Thomas is employed by the Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an Engineering Corporation, working on the development of partnerships to better map natural and man-made hazards in the United States.

Ed retired from the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency after nearly thirty-five years of Public Service. During his time in government, he worked primarily in Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response. He also was involved in the construction and management of housing developments for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ed worked on about two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President’s on scene representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times.

Ed is an Attorney, a frequent lecturer on Emergency Management issues, especially the Constitutional and Legal Aspects of Floodplain Regulations. He has authored dozens of publications and articles on various Disaster related issues and regularly participates as a member of National Task Forces and other boards in developing National disaster- related and floodplain management policies. A list of Ed’s publications available on the internet is available on request.

Ed has received numerous national and international awards including the nation’s highest award for Floodplain Management: The Goddard-White Award from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In addition, he received the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council, a joint United States-Canadian organization for his efforts in helping develop the NOAA StormSmart Coasts Program; and the first lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management.

Attorney Thomas is the Chair of the newly formed Hazards Sub-Committee of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law. He also is the President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; and a Board Member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Ed also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado.

He lives with his wife in the floodplain of beautiful Marina Bay in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Management