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State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change: Rating the States

November 2013

In accordance with federal law, all states must have an approved statewide hazard mitigation plan (SHMP) in order to receive federal disaster mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 50-state survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated into existing plans, with all states categorized and ranked. The SHMPs analyzed were all approved by FEMA during the period 2010 to 2012, with the exceptions of Indiana (the latest version available was from 2008), New Hampshire and Vermont (the 2013 draft versions were used).

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Author or Affiliated User: Matthew Babcock

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Baltimore's Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3)

October 15, 2013

The City of Baltimore Maryland’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) was created by the Department of Planning as an effort to address existing hazards while simultaneously preparing for predicted hazards due to climate change. This project develops a program that integrates an All Hazards Mitigation Plan (AHMP), floodplain mapping, and climate adaptation planning. DP3 links research, outreach, and actions to create a comprehensive and new risk-preparedness system for addressing existing and future impacts.

Related Organizations: City of Baltimore, Maryland

Author or Affiliated User: Kristin Baja, CFM

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Preparing California for Extreme Heat: Guidance and Recommendations

October 2013

California’s Climate Action Team (CAT) developed this document to provide California agencies with guidance for incorporating extreme heat projections, and best practices for adapting to heat-related climate change impacts into planning and decision making.

Related Organizations: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), California Department of Public Health, California Climate Action Team (CAT)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California 2013 State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

September 30, 2013

California’s 2013 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in September 2013.  Prepared by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), this report is a comprehensive update of the 2010 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) addressing the impacts of disasters caused by natural, technological, accidental, and human-caused hazards in California.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Author or Affiliated User: Michael McCormick

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has been established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. To facilitate community resilience and redevelopment planning, the State has allocated $25 million for planning in the most affected areas. Those successfully completing a recovery plan will be eligible to receive funds to support the implementation of projects and activities identified in the plans.

Related Organizations: State of New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NYC MTA Storm Surge Protection via Catastrophe Bond Market (New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

July 31, 2013

After Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) sold a catastrophe bond in July 2013 to raise funds to manage flood risk to the system and offset any costs of future storm damage if the city is hit by another hurricane in the next three years. Sandy caused an estimated $4 to $5 billion in damages to MTA assets; as a result, insurance prices for MTA doubled. To finance protections from future storm surges, MTA issued $200 million in shares of catastrophe bonds to supplement traditional insurance, costing MTA $46 million a year.

Related Organizations: New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York City Build it Back Program

June 2013

The Build It Back Program assists homeowners, landlords, and tenants affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 within all five boroughs of New York City, New York by rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by the hurricane.  The City’s goal is to invest and create resilient neighborhoods through sustainable design, such as requiring new homes to be elevated above projected sea-level rise and flood heights. Registration for the program was announced on June 3, 2013, and as of the closing date for registration (October 31, 2013), the program received applications for more than 20,000 single‐family buildings; of which approximately 16,000 applicants completed the initial eligibility review.

Related Organizations: New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases, programs funded through disaster relief appropriations, such as the Sandy Relief Act, provide administering agencies with enough authority to prepare for climate changes during the rebuilding process. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Nicole Smith

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Severe Weather and Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Preparing Washington D.C. (Meeting Summary)

April 23, 2013

The District of Columbia has initiated a climate change adaptation assessment to examine current and projected risks from severe weather and to develop a resilience plan to sustain and enhance the District’s economy and quality of life. On March 14, 2013, the District Department of Environment (DDOE), the District Office of Planning (OP), and the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) held a workshop to gather input to help shape future preparation efforts to ensure they reflect stakeholder knowledge, experience and priorities.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), District of Columbia Office of Planning, District of Columbia

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Waveland, Mississippi Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

March 2013

The City of Waveland, Mississippi developed this Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) 2013 update to document Waveland’s hazard mitigation planning process, and to identify relevant vulnerabilities and strategies the City will use to increase resiliency and sustainability. Waveland was "ground zero" of Hurricane Katrina's landfall on August 29, 2005. The city received massive damage and is still in the process of recovering and rebuilding. 

Related Organizations: City of Waveland, Mississippi

Resource Category: Planning

 

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