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In the Eye of the Storm: A People's Guide to Transforming Crisis and Advancing Equity in the Disaster Continuum

September 26, 2018

This Guide developed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) discusses how low-income, communities of color, and other frontline communities are disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change, extreme weather, and other natural and human-caused disasters (like industrial accidents or chemical contamination).  To address these disproportionate risks, the Guide provides a framework for helping communities embed considerations of equity in all phases of emergency management: prevention, mitigation, preparedness, resilience building, recovery, and redevelopment.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lorah Steichen, Jacqui Patterson

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Alaska - Climate Change Action Plan Recommendations to the Governor

September 26, 2018

The Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team was implemented by Alaska Administrative Order 289 in 2017 to create climate change policy recommendations and a climate action plan for Alaska. The Leadership Team was responsible for identifying climate change priorities, goals, and metrics, and to recommend any needed statutory or regulatory changes. Going forward, the team will monitor implementation of the plan and be responsible for updating it as needed, and for reporting annually to the Governor.

Related Organizations: State of Alaska

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California SB 901 - Wildfire Preparedness and Response

September 21, 2018

California Senate Bill 901 will support the state’s adaptation and resilience to increasingly frequent and extreme wildfires. Reducing forest fuel loads with thinning and prescribed fire, reduce fire danger in hundreds of communities around the state in high-risk areas, and climate adaptation research are primary focal measures. $200 million a year through 2024, or $1billion, will be allocated to fund grants to fire departments, cities, counties and nonprofit organizations. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) will distribute the funding, which will come from California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF).

Related Organizations: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), State of California

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California SB 30 - Insurance: climate change

September 21, 2018

California SB 30 looks to “innovative" insurance and reinsurance businesses to provide opportunities for local communities and homeowners to reduce their risk to climate change impacts.  The law focuses on finding incentives for investing in and insuring natural infrastructure to mitigate against climate risks.  Insurers are asked to recommend policies that create incentives for coastal wetland restoration for storm surge, and forests that are managed to reduce the risk of major fires - for example.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Cleveland Climate Action Plan - 2018 Update

September 21, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio has updated its Climate Action Plan with priorities that address social and racial equity, “good jobs, green jobs,” climate change resilience, and business leadership. The actions outlined are designed to achieve sustainability in Cleveland by integrating solutions that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. While escalating Cleveland’s original 2013 CAP to continue building “Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods" - the update maintains the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, with interim goals of 16 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030.

Related Organizations: City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability

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CA AB 3012 State Coastal Conservancy: grants: climate change projects

September 21, 2018

AB 3012 authorizes the State Coastal Conservancy to address climate change impacts on California’s coastal resources through funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surge, beach and bluff erosion, salt water intrusion, flooding, and other coastal hazards that threaten coastal communities, infrastructure, and natural resources.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

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Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

September 18, 2018

Iowa City’s Climate Action Plan identifies strategies for city-wide greenhouse gas reductions, and climate change adaptation. The plan summarizes what Iowa City government has done in recent years to build climate resilience and to convert to renewable energy, and outlines 35 actions to be taken by the community and City to achieve the goal of reducing GHG emissions by 80% by 2050. The report provides general information about past and projected climate change effects on the region, and presents strategies to adapt to these impacts while incorporating social equity.

Related Organizations: Iowa City, Iowa

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Massachusetts Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan

September 17, 2018

Massachusetts has integrated climate change impact assessments and planning into its Statewide Hazard Mitigation Plan. The natural hazards assessment conducted for this plan determines how hazard risks and vulnerabilities are made more severe or uncertain by climate change. The plan outlines climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for five key sectors including - Populations, Government, Built Environment, Natural Resources and Environment, and Economy.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts

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Climate Ready Boston Coastal Resilience Tracker

September 2018

The City of Boston, Massachusetts is implementing many coastal resilience projects through the Climate Ready Boston program. This project tracker maps and describes a number of these progressive approaches to coastal resilience. The projects included in this tool are recommendations from the coastal resilience solutions plans for East Boston, Charlestown and South Boston.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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Special Post Disaster Information: Build Back Safer & Smarter

September 2018

Prepared by the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA), this briefing provides quick but essential tips for communities and residents rebuilding after a disaster. While communities affected by a disaster can be in a rush to immediately build back to their pre-disaster state, NHMA implores decision makers to rebuild "safer and smarter" with climate resilient planning. This guide offers nine steps to take when rebuilding to increase resilience and reduce risks from future disasters. This resource was featured in the September 20, 2018 ASAP Newsletter with the following description:  "In the aftermath of Florence and any disaster, what communities want more than anything is to be able to return to their lives and a sense of normalcy.

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