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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

FEMA's Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio collects and publishes examples of successful hazard mitigation and best practices for use by individuals and communities to reduce or prevent damage during disasters.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Monterey County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

June 2015

Monterey County, Calif. , and its twelve incorporated municipalities have integrated climate change into their combined Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (“the Plan”).   Hazard Mitigation Plans guide state and local efforts to reduce disaster losses of life, property, and infrastructure, including transportation assets.   Home to more than 400,000 people, Monterey County sits along the California coast, where it faces numerous climate-connected—often-interrelated—threats, including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, flooding, wildfires, and landslides, which can all affect transportation.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DHS/FEMA FY 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program

March 25, 2015

The purpose of the FY 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program is to make grants available to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by Section 662 of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (6 U.S.C. § 762) and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq.).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risks

March 2015

From the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), this report describes the characteristics of housing and communities vulnerable to earthquakes and sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Recommended strategies are provided with a focus on reducing housing and community vulnerability to help the region meet its resilience, sustainability, prosperity, and equity goals.

Related Organizations: Association of Bay Area Local Governments (ABAG), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dana Brechwald, Cynthia Kroll, Wendy Goodfriend, Lindy Lowe

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Before the (Next) Storm: The Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative

February 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation office was awarded $1. 5 million by the National Park Service following Hurricane Sandy, the bulk of which will be used to undertake disaster planning initiatives. The goals of the initiative are to identify the counties with the most vulnerable historic properties, develop strategies to protect those historical properties from future disasters, and then integrate those strategies into the selected counties’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Plans.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Office

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Challenge of Mitigating Virginia’s Flooding and Sea Level Rise Impacts

November 2014

This report outlines potential flood risk within Hampton Roads, Virginia, finding nearly $431,000,000 in pending costs to fix flood-damaged structures. The study also found that, at current rates of hazard mitigation payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it would take between 78-188 years to clear a backlog of flood-damaged property needs. Given this situation, Wetlands Watch suggests using revolving loan funds to meet the sea level rise adaptation needs in coastal Virginia.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shareen Hughes, Mary-Carson Stiff, Shannon Hulst

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

July 11, 2014

‘The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012’ describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. The report considers the importance of historical, geo-referenced information about deaths and damages to estimate risks before the next disaster occurs. This information is intended to support practical decisions on reducing potential impacts by, for example, improved early warning systems, retrofitting critical infrastructure, or enforcing new building codes.

Related Organizations: World Meteorological Organization (WMO) , Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition

June 14, 2014

One-time funding opportunity (this competition closed in January 2016 when thirteen winning proposals were selected)

In a one-time funding announcement, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $1 billion in federal disaster recovery dollars through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  The competition was announced on June 14, 2014 and the winners were announced in January 2016.  This resource is a good example of how a grant program can be used to spur innovative resilience projects, it also demonstrates a model for reforming procedures for conducting benefit-cost analyses to account for the social and environmental benefits of resilience projects.  

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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City of Berkeley CA's 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

June 1, 2014

The 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan updates Berkeley California's 2004 Disaster Mitigation Act, providing information on initiatives already underway to increase disaster resilience as well as outlining new risk assessments and policies. This update incorporates climate change into the plan, framing it as both a standalone hazard of concern, as well as an exacerbating factor in other hazards.

Related Organizations: City of Berkeley, California

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Ready and Resilient: A Guide to Extreme Weather for Saint Paul Residents

June 2014

This report, aimed at residents, provides a climate impact assessment for St. Paul, Minnesota and educates city residents on measures they can take to protect themselves. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Samantha Burlager, Akilah Sanders-Reed

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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