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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

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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

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New Orleans Evacuspots and Evacuteers Program

2013

The New Orleans non-profit Evacuteer. org installed clearly recognizable public art in “Evacuspots,” New Orleans’ designated emergency evacuation locations, to facilitate public transportation during a mandatory evacuation in advance of a Category three or higher hurricane. Evacuteer. org partners with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to aid in the operation of City Assisted Evacuation (CAE), the city’s free, public evacuation program to assist residents without their own means of transportation.

Related Organizations: Evacuteer.org, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans, Louisiana

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Transportation Research Board (TRB) NCHRP: A Pre-Event Recovery Planning Guide for Transportation

2013

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) developed Report 753: A Pre-Event Recovery Planning Guide for Transportation, which provides an overview of steps involved in planning and preparing for the recovery of critical transportation infrastructure after a catastrophic event such as a severe storm or wildfire. The Guide was developed to assist transportation owners, operators and planners with pre-event recovery planning.

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, The National Academies

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Atlantic City - Compressed Natural Gas Jitney Buses Used for Evacuations During Hurricane Sandy

November 2012

Atlantic City, New Jersey used minibuses known as “jitneys” that were powered by compressed natural gas in their emergency planning efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Because the vehicles run on an alternative fuel, they were able to continue operating when gasoline was in short supply during and after the hurricane.

Related Organizations: Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management

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State of California Extreme Heat Adaptation Interim Guidance Document

August 31, 2012

This document presents a brief overview of current climate projections for increased temperature and extreme heat conditions for California, and addresses the human health impacts of increasing temperature in the state. In particular, it focuses on climate model projections of longer and more frequent extreme heat events. The report details the content of these projections for California, including an explanation of the urban heat island effect.

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

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Connecticut Public Act 12-148: An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response

July 1, 2012

Connecticut’s Public Act 12-148, ‘An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response,’ was signed into law by Governor Malloy in July 2012 to improve the ability of the state, municipalities, and utility companies to better prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. The legislation is designed to strengthen infrastructure, bolster local preparedness training, improve communication between state and local leaders, and to hold utilities accountable for preparedness planning. Public Act 12-148 will help improve emergency preparedness for natural disasters and intense weather events by: - Establishing standards for the utility, telecommunication, and cable companies during emergency events and establishing penalties in the event the companies do not meet these standards; - Requiring utility companies, telecommunication companies, and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Service Providers to submit emergency plans for restoring service; - Creating a microgrid pilot program to be administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; - Studying the feasibility of requiring backup power for telecommunications towers and antennas; - Encouraging the coordination of underground infrastructure projects; and - Requiring the development of procedures to expedite the process of road-clearing following an emergency.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

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Minnesota Extreme Heat Toolkit

June 6, 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)’s Extreme Heat Toolkit offers information, tools, and resources to local governments and public health professionals about preparing for and responding to extreme heat events.  The toolkit focuses on Minnesota examples and processes and describes practical, implementable steps and strategies to prevent morbidity and mortality from extreme heat at the local level. The toolkit also provides several appendices, including a generic heat response plan that can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific location.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay, California

January 2012

The San Diego Bay Sea Level Rise Strategy provides a regional approach to sea level rise adaptation, and is a foundation to guide coordinated adaptation planning among participating local jurisdictions. The strategy was prepared by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and resulted from the efforts of a collaborative, regional stakeholder process undertaken as part of the San Diego Regional Climate Protection Initiative, a partnership with the San Diego Foundation and all local governments in the San Diego region.

Related Organizations: The San Diego Foundation, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

2012

Authored by the National Academies Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy - this book focuses on how to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. It argues that building resilience will involve a cultural shift in which disaster risk is taken more seriously, and resilience and disaster preparedness is valued at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

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