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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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Degrees of Risk: Defining a Risk Management Framework For Climate Security

February 2011

The implications of current security analysis are clear: unless climate change is limited to levels where its impacts can be managed effectively, and unless successful adaptation programs are implemented, there will be major threats to national and international security. This report addresses the need for countries to develop a comprehensive risk management approach to climate change.

Related Organizations: Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd (E3G), The Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Authors or Affiliated Users: Nick Mabey, Jay Gulledge, Bernard Finel, Katherine Silverthorne

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 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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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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Coastal Storm Surge Scenarios for Water Utilities

December 2011

The Coastal Storm Surge Scenarios for Water Utilities, created by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides a visual representation using a map interface of hurricane strike frequency and worst-case coastal storm surge inundation scenarios (Storm surge inundation refers to the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tides). This map aims to illuminate historical trends in coastal storm surges and flooding, in order to aid decision-makers tasked with improving coastal resiliency and emergency preparedness.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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State of Connecticut Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2007-2010

December 2007

Connecticut's Standard Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) has been updated in response to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) and FEMA’s November 2006 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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FEMA's Ready Program (Ready.gov)

Launched in February 2003, 'Ready' is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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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