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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

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Monterey County, California Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

June 2015

Monterey County, California and its twelve incorporated municipalities have integrated climate change into their combined Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation 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.

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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

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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)

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Prince George's County, Maryland Repetitive Loss Area Analysis Report

2014

In 2014, Prince George’s County, a Class 5 Community Rating System (CRS) community, prepared a repetitive loss area analysis (RLAA) report through its Department of Environmental Protection. CRS is a voluntary program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the National Flood Insurance Program that allows participating local governments to earn discounts on their residents’ flood insurance premiums. Prince George's County commissioned the report to inform the development of its hazard mitigation plan due to an increase in the number of repetitive loss properties in the county.

Related Organizations: Prince George’s County Department of the Environment

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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 federal Community Rating System (CRS) program to reduce flood risk and lower insurance premiums in its community. CRS is a voluntary program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the National Flood Insurance Program that allows participating local governments to earn discounts on their residents’ flood insurance premiums by implementing different flood mitigation actions.

Related Organizations: City of Alexandria, Virginia

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Governing for Resilience

June 2019

Governing for Resilience describes the lessons learned from the aftermath of the 2017 North Bay fires in northern California to offer key recommendations at the local, state, and federal levels for improving governmental recovery response and resilience building. Developed based on the input of more than 800 participants at the 2019 California Economic Summit, the paper aims to promote collaborative governance and encourage partnerships with the private, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors to support community resilience to climate change.

Related Organizations: California Forward

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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)

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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

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