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Avoiding and Minimizing Risk of Flood Damage to State Assets: A Guide for Delaware State Agencies

March 2016

Prepared by Delaware’s Flood Avoidance Workgroup, this report outlines a set of principles and instructions for ensuring that existing and future flood risks are considered during site selection and project design, as required by Executive Order 41.  

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Maryland Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program

2016

Maryland Historical Trust's (MHT) Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program was a two-year program created to help local governments plan, prepare for, and protect against climate impacts such as flooding, wind, and coastal erosion that affect historic places and properties, archeological sites, and cultural landscapes across the state of Maryland. Under this program, MHT developed trainings, model guidance and educational materials to help local governments create hazard mitigation plans for their cultural resources.

Related Organizations: Maryland Historical Trust

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

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EPA Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities

March 10, 2016

This guide from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides practical solutions to help drinking water utilities respond to and recover from drought -  although it is not intended to serve as regulatory guidance. The interactive, user-friendly guide provides worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources for managing drought emergencies and building long-term resilience. It also relays lessons learned and case studies for seven small- to medium-sized utilities nationwide that have faced extreme drought conditions.

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

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Our People, Our Planet, Our Power: Community Led Research in South Seattle

March 12, 2016

Our People, Our Planet, Our Power is a compilation of. ndings, stories, and recommendations from community discussions in South Seattle/King County, Washington, facilitated by Puget Sound Sage and Got Green’s Climate Justice Project. This project was run by a steering committing of people of color, who designed and implemented a survey to identify the perspectives of people of color living in South Seattle related to climate change.  Over nine months, the research team interviewed 175 people and 30 organizations to determine collective priorities and initiate a process of equitable planning.

Related Organizations: Puget Sound Sage, Got Green

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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

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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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