• Everett Hazards Mitigation Plan update (2018)
  • Flood Risks following Wildland Fires, A Case Study: Plain, Washington (2017)
  • Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Project, partnered with the City of Seattle in writing 4 Cultures. (2011) (Web Site, Report,  Poster)
  • Everett Hazards Mitigation Plan Update (2013)
  • Everett Economic Mitigation (Report 2011)
  • Redmond Hazard Mitigation Plan update, (2008-2009)
  • Redmond Hazard Mitigation Plan update, (2006-2007)
  • Hazards Mitigation Plan for Snohomish County (2004 – 2005 adopted)  Update in progress (2015 expected adoption)
  • Hazards Mitigation Plan for City of Everett (2004 – 2005 adopted)
  • Hazards Mitigation Plan for Redmond (2003 – 2004 adopted) Plan Update (2009
  • Hazards Mitigation Plan for Shoreline (2003 – 2004 adopted) Plan Update (2008 adopted)
  • Hazards Mitigation Plan for Sulton WA (2003 – 2004 adopted)
  • Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Assessment for Snohomish County (2003-2004)
  • Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Assessment for Sultan (2003-2004)
  • Mitigation Plan for Clark County (2002 -2003)
  • “Visions for Kimball Creek” — an unexplored opportunity for the City of Snoqualmie was the product of the Winter Quarter of 2002, 508 Floodplain Management Studio.  (Report) (Power Point Presentation)


  • Resilience Scenarios: FEMA Region X – Whatcom County, Washington (2017)
  • Snohomish County Hazard Mitigation Plan update (2016-2017)
  • Prepared a Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Assessment for Whitman County, Washington to fulfill state and federal requirements. This included a profile of each hazard, an assessment of vulnerability and coordination of public outreach.
  • The Institute prepared a Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Assessment for Snohomish County, Washington to fulfill state and federal requirements. This included a profile of each hazard, an assessment of vulnerability and coordination of public outreach.


  • Post Disaster Safety Manual:  Identifies capabilities, activation, deployment, coordination, training, and credentialing of post-disaster safety evaluation volunteers in the State of Washington.
  • Safe Haven Vertical Evacuation Washington Coast Plans (2009-2012) Washington Emergency Management (Facebook Page)
  • Opportunities for mitigation planning through the Growth Management Act. (1990) The research resulted in an optional element being created. (1998)
  • Floodplain Management Course, for the Washington Department of Ecology, 2001
  • Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Manual


  • A Comparative Approach To Understanding Community Resilience As Balancing And Inter-Dependent Services Among Differing Types Of Capital (Study sponsored by FEMA, completed by 5/30/2014) (Report)
  • Integrated Floodplain Management Course, Federal Emergency Management Agency — Graduate level  (2005)
  • Provided FEMA with remote sensing information to aid in post disaster flood related infrastructure rehabilitation. (1997)


  • Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Seattle Policy Committee Member,  (2012 – Present)
  • Collaborated with the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) to determine perspectives from the business community on recovery of the Puget Sound economy after a major disaster. This workshop resulted in the development of a paper called “Just-in-time” Inventories and Other Modern Disaster Management Challenges.
  • Collaborated with CREW and the University of Oregon to hold workshops in both Oregon and Washington for planners, geologists, and engineers to discuss opportunities and barriers to implementing loss-reduction measures in local communities. The workshop was an effort to determine where there are gaps in the current policies, framework and governmental structure and to begin to develop strategies for solving the problems to foster better disaster preparedness and damage reduction through better planning in both Oregon and Washington.



  • NASA, the Washington Emergency Management Division, the Institute for Hazards Mitigation and Marine Sciences has partnered in the developmental and operational integration for the continuous use of an adaptive classified land cover product and the monthly generation of hazard specific forecasts to aid the decision making process for all phases of emergency management.
  • Facilitated an effort with the Washington Department of Fisheries in providing FEMA with fisheries information helpful in the building of structures in streams following a major disaster declaration. (1997)


  • Whole Community Resilience: An Asset-Based Approach to Enhancing Adaptive Capacity before a Disruption, Submission to “Building Back Better,” JAPA Special Issue on Disaster Planning (Accepted for publication 2014)
  • We know what to do. Why don’t we do it? The time has come to mitigate and adapt, An invited comment by Bob Freitag, (Natural Hazards Observer, September 2013, page 8)
  • Dams, dikes and dredging: Can we ‘fix’ our rivers? by Bob Freitag and David R. Montgomery, Guest Column (“Seattle Times” April 9, 2010)
  • Floodplain Management: A New Approach for a New Era, , Robert Freitag, Susan Bolton, Frank Westerlund, and J. L. S. Clark (Island Press 2009)
  • The NFIP and Climate Change: Is Flood Risk Misrepresented by Static Maps.(Association of State Floodplain Managers Newsletter, “News and Views “ October 2007)
  • Building better flood risk maps: Lessons learned from the electric car (Natural Hazards Observer, Sept 2012) ,
  • How can emergency managers address our warming climate? (Journal of Emergency Management, 2007),
  • The Impact of Project Impact: (Natural Hazards Observer, May 2001)
  •  Presented Study on the Market Impacts of Retrofitting Homes in Floodplains (Report) at the 2002 Association of State Floodplain Managers Conference 2002 by Ron Throupe, Bob Freitag and Rhonda Montgomery.  (Report, PowerPoint)

Recent Presentations

  • Sustainable Seattle Workshop Panelist, Designing for a Resilient Future (October 2014)
  • Asia Society Pacific City Sustainability Forum held in Manila, “Vulnerability in the Resilient City: Housing and Community Networks”, Panel Moderator plenary session included within the (March of 2014) (page 22)
  • Northwest Regional Floodplain Managers Association (NORFMA) Idaho Conference, “Climate Change and Flood Adaptation” (2013)
  • Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), Workshop presentation “Resilience for Tsunami Prone Populations: When In-place Community Recovery Is Not an Option” (Seattle conference 2013
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA), workshop presentation, “Case Studies in Resilience: When In-place Community Recovery Is Not an Option”, Portland Conference (2013)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Institute for Environmental Studies, Seminar Series, “Case Studies in Resilience” (March 2013)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Workshop, given at the Association of State Floodplain Managers, May 16, 2010 conference, and at Northwest Regional Floodplain Management Association conference ( 2008)
  • University of Hawaii, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Seminar moderator, “Coastal Resilience”. (2012)