Edward Thomas


Natural Hazard Mitigation Association







Ed Thomas is the President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; and is the Chair of the Hazards Sub-Committee of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, of the American Bar Association. Ed also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado; and is an active member of the American Planning Association.

He is a former board Member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers; and now serves as the liaison for that organization’s on the No Adverse Impact Committee.

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 extensively involved in Community Development, during his nearly 10 years with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ed also worked over 8 years for Michael Baker Jr., Inc., working on the development of partnerships to better map natural and man-made hazards in the United States.

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, is 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.

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 International Gulf of Maine Council, for his efforts in helping develop the NOAA StormSmart Coasts Program; and their first lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management.

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