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FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, Grants

March 15, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Assistance grants to assist States, Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Often, local communities will sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners and then submit the applications to their State. PDM grant applicants seeking preparedness money are encouraged to focus on climate change resilience. 

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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BIA Tribal Adaptation and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning Projects

March 23, 2016

On March 23, 2016 the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced they will provide nearly $6.5 million to fund tribal projects that promote climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. The BIA’s Tribal Climate Resilience Program is responding to the Recommendations of the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience  and helping to implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans

March 2016

From the California Natural Resources Agency, Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans is a progress report describing how the state government is responding to the recommendations from the 2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk report and implementing the adaptation strategies. 

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency

Author or Affiliated User: Joseph Wall

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Connecticut DOT - Walk Bridge Replacement Project

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is replacing the Norwalk River Railroad Bridge (Walk Bridge) to address the current structure’s vulnerability to climate hazards such as storm damage and heat. The 118-year old Walk Bridge already experiences frequent and costly service failures, including closure failures due to extreme heat. CTDOT expects that heat-related operational failures will increase as the number of high-heat days increase with climate change.   The Walk Bridge is a “swing bridge” spanning the Norwalk River in the Southeast part of the state.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

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US EPA Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy

April 2016

This framework developed by US EPA is designed to help local governments build climate-resilient economies by helping them prepare for and quickly recovery from climate impacts. The purpose of the framework is to help communities assess potential impacts to local business and their overall economic vulnerabilities to climate change.  The framework can be used to help communities integrate economic resilience into existing plans, such as comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, economic development plans, capital improvement plans, transportation plans, etc.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

April 2016

Developed by the Center for American Progress, Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate provides users with guidance on how to concurrently address climate change and equity issues by implementing climate change resiliency measures in low-income areas.  The report showcases  existing initiatives employed in 5 Midwestern cities, and draws out recommendations for further action.  This report is primarily geared towards decision makers of Midwestern cities, but the lessons learned and recommendations apply to a much wider audience.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly, Erin Auel, Philine Qian, Gwynne Taraska

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Elevated Floating Bridge on Washington State Route 520

Spring 2016

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is reconstructing the Evergreen Point floating bridge, which runs over Lake Washington along State Route 520 (SR 520) near Seattle, to better accommodate varying winds and storms. The new design will be elevated, which will better protect drivers and the road from waves and storms, and the pontoons that allow the bridge to float will be designed to withstand higher winds. In its climate impacts vulnerability assessment, WSDOT has recognized that high winds could increase as a result of climate change and more extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

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Maryland Climate and Health Profile

April 2016

The Maryland Climate and Health Profile report details current and future impacts of climate change on public health in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the University of Maryland School of Public Health have identified adverse health outcomes that are projected to be exacerbated across the state using historical climate data along with health data - providing the first quantitative estimate of how extreme events are affecting the public health in Maryland, up to 2040.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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City of Boulder, Colorado Resilience Strategy

April 2016

The City of Boulder Resilience Strategy provides an overview of Boulder, Colorado’s resiliency accomplishments, as well as outlines current and future resiliency projects and goals. Development of this plan was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado, BoCo Strong, 100 Resilient Cities

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A Roadmap for Climate Resilience in Sonoma County, California

April 2016

This plan provides a framework and recommendations for how Sonoma County, California should approach climate resilience. It emphasizes the importance of establishing a strong decision-making process which incorporates climate concerns into decisions at every level of the community. In addition to outlining adaptation goals, the Sonoma County plan also organizes its recommended actions by what type of actor is best placed to achieve them. The plan covers five categories of actors: individuals and households, businesses, government, working land managers, and civil society.

Related Organizations: North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Caitlin Cornwall, Genevieve Taylor, Christine Walker

Resource Category: Planning

 

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