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State of Maryland 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan

August 2016

In 2016, the State of Maryland updated its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) and included consideration of how climate change will affect the natural hazards that threaten the state's critical facilities, assets, and citizens. The plan analyzes risks of natural hazards in each region of the state, and provides data to guide hazard mitigation decisions and prioritize at-risk areas. The plan was developed by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in coordination with other planning and adaptation initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels.

Related Organizations: Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance

May 11, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a suite of tools and guidance for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) aimed at bolstering local efforts to leverage federal hazard-mitigation funding to reduce the impacts of climate change.  Eligible activities include:

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change, Resilience and Fairness - How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

April 2016

Utilizing case studies from extreme flooding events, this paper synthesizes lessons learned, hazard mitigation strategies, and best practices in adaptation. The focus is on nonstructural adaptation strategies such as disaster planning and mitigation, and property buyouts. The best practices for implementing nonstructural adaptation strategies are also discussed with respect to impacts on, and solutions for, vulnerable communities.  The paper is grounded in three case studies of flooding events that each caused widespread damage, occurred across a range of demographic and socio-economic conditions, and involved both structural and nonstructural post-disaster adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: Center for Progressive Reform

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, Grants

March 15, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Assistance grants to assist States, Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Often, local communities will sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners and then submit the applications to their State. PDM grant applicants seeking preparedness money are encouraged to focus on climate change resilience. 

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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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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Design Guidelines and Funding for Elevating Historic Homes in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region

This guidance document was prepared by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to ensure that recipients of MDA financial assistance programs are able to rebuild structures damaged by Hurricane Katrina in compliance with historic preservation laws and safety considerations. In addition, the guidelines were developed in accordance with a Programmatic Agreement between MDA and the federal government in order to streamline project reviews under the National Historic Preservation Act and expedite federally-funded retrofits.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Pennsylvania Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

2014-2018

In 2014, Pennsylvania was awarded $1. 5 million from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to help stabilize or repair historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and undertake disaster-related planning initiatives. The funding enabled the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office to assist select counties and the City of Philadelphia with prioritizing their communities’ historic properties and build protective measures into hazard mitigation plans for historic property considerations.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Sea Level Rise Strategy for Charleston, South Carolina

December 2015

The City of Charleston, South Carolina released a Sea Level Rise Strategy in 2015 with recommendations on actions the city can take to improve its long-term resilience to sea level rise (SLR) and recurrent flooding. The purpose of this document is to inform and provide an overall strategy and guiding framework to protect lives and property, maintain a thriving economy, and improve quality of life by making the City more resilient to sea level rise and recurrent flooding. The strategy includes current and proposed initiatives developed by a sea level rise task force.

Related Organizations: City of Charleston, South Carolina

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 50 - State Agencies Fostering Resilience Council

October 26,2015

Connecticut Executive Order 50, signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on October 26, 2015, establishes a permanent working group called the State Agency Fostering Resilience Council (SAFR Council), committed to strengthening the state’s resiliency to extreme weather events including hurricanes, flooding, extreme heat, and slow onset events such as sea-level rise. The SAFR Council is to be comprised of 12 members, appointed by the Governor, including agency heads and experts.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Office of the Governor

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Alexandria, Virginia Floodplain Management Plan

2015

In 2012, the City of Alexandria, Virginia (by Council Resolution No. 2496) adopted the Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, and received credit under the Community Rating System (CRS) program for Activity 510 to create a Floodplain Management Plan (FMP). Alexandria also received credit for two additional activities: Activity 430 for staff certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager, and Activity 502 for conducting a repetitive loss area analysis. As a result, Alexandria went from a Class 7 to a Class 6 under the CRS program (effective October 1, 2013), which saves policyholders in Special Flood Hazard Areas up to 20% on their flood insurance policies (a 5% savings increase from the previous 15% discount at Class 7).

Related Organizations: City of Alexandria, Virginia

Resource Category: Planning

 

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