State Policy Forum - Resilient Disaster Recovery

GCC hosts a bi-monthly phone call with select State representatives. This tab features select resources on integrating climate considerations into disaster recovery, the topic for the June 2018 call. 

 

 

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Reimagining New Orleans Post Katrina - A Case Study in Using Disaster Recovery Funds to Rebuild More Resiliently

August 26, 2015

A decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, a new case study by the Georgetown Climate Center examines some of the lessons learned from state and local efforts to use disaster relief funding to rebuild New Orleans' public schools and stormwater systems.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: James DeWeese

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning: Addressing Adaptation During Long-Term Recovery

2011

This report provides guidance to Florida communities on how to incorporate adaptation measures to address sea-level rise impacts into post-disaster redevelopment plans. Developed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Division of Emergency Management, “Addressing Adaptation During Long-Term Recovery” is an addendum to Florida’s Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Guidebook. The Addendum was developed as part of Florida’s Statewide Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Initiative that began in 2007 to provide a process and guidelines to help ensure resilient redevelopment of local communities.

Related Organizations: Palm Beach County, Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Florida Division of Emergency Management

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster Resilient Communities

July 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to provide Vermont with technical assistance in planning for long-term flood resilience. The goal of the collaboration is to incorporate smart growth principles into local policies, development regulations, and hazard mitigation plans. The project is a product of EPA's year-long Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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North Carolina Highway 12 Storm Recovery

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is implementing several different solutions to address frequent overwashes, erosion, and more severe damage to North Carolina Highway 12 (NC 12) following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. These measures, intended to improve the future resilience of the highway, include bridge construction and temporary beach nourishment.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adaptive Finance to Support Post-Disaster Recovery

October 2017

This report looks at the reasons for the gap between needed and available funding after disasters - and provides guidance on an adaptive approach to post-disaster financing.  This report is primarily intended for those stakeholders who participate directly in decision-making processes surrounding post-disaster financing, and financiers as well as other practitioners who are looking to creatively support resiliency initiatives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katy Mixter, Laura Hammett

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - PATH System Resiliency and Recovery Improvements

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the substantial damage done to the infrastructure managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), PANYNJ has been repairing and rebuilding infrastructure components to make its PATH transit system more resilient to future Sandy-like storm events. The PATH system, the heavy rail (6 to 12-car trains) rapid transit system linking Manhattan to New Jersey cities and suburban communities, experienced the most severe flooding of any PANYNJ facilities during Hurricane Sandy.

Related Organizations: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sea-Level Rise Tool for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

June 20, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) developed a tool that can assist communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in reducing vulnerability of transportation and other infrastructure to future sea-level rise and flood risk. The tool, which involves a set of maps showing floodplains under sea-level rise scenarios and an updated USACE Sea-Level Change calculator showing site-specific flood elevation data, helps communities understand the effects of sea-level rise on future flood risk and incorporate this information into planning and decision-making.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Adapting to Climate Change While Planning for Disaster: Footholds, Rope Lines, and the Iowa Floods

December 20, 2011

This report uses the example of flood recovery after the 2008 Midwest floods to propose a more effective way for federal, state, and municipal governments to work together to address the impacts of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency conducted a pilot project providing technical assistance to vulnerable cities in eastern Iowa, and the analysis was utilized as a case study for this report. The results of the Iowa Pilot Project are relevant to many climate change adaptation efforts around the country.

Related Organizations: Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Robert R.M. Verchick, Abby Hall

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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FloodhelpNY.org

2016

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery in New York launched an $8 million resiliency program in New York City for low- and moderate-income homeowners in 2016. To support this program, they created a free interactive website which provides NYC homeowners with personalized information on flood risks and flood insurance rates. One goal of the program is to connect low- and middle-income homeowners with engineers in select coastal communities to provide resiliency audits so they can reduce their risk to future floods and lower their insurance rates.

Related Organizations: Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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