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Risk Communication Toolkit for Flooding in Oregon

2014

Designed for Oregon’s local health departments, the Risk Communication Toolkit for Flooding includes information about common health risks posed by floods, highlights communications best practices during emergencies, and offers a variety of sample communication materials to address risks related to flooding. While not explicit about the link between climate change and the increasing frequency and severity of rain events, the toolkit serves to help local health departments quickly and effectively educate the public about risks during an emergency.

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New Hampshire Drinking Water Climate Change Resilience Plan

October 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau (DWGB) developed this action plan to guide the Bureau’s activities in building resilience  to climate change impacts in community water systems across the state. The plan identifies examples of adaptation measures for community water systems as well as priority action items DWGB will take with regard to policies, operations, regulations, education/outreach, and technical assistance to help drinking water systems prepare for and respond to climate impacts.

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Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 25 (HEC-25), Vol. 2

October 2014

"Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events" (HEC-25 Vol. 2) was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide technical guidance for assessing vulnerabilities of highway infrastructure in coastal areas to climate change and extreme weather events. In particular, the manual identifies methods for quantifying exposure of coastal transportation facilities to sea-level rise, storm surge, and wave action. The information provided in the manual can be used to inform risk and vulnerability assessments, planning, and design guidelines for infrastructure.

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EPA: Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure Guide

October 2014

This report from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is subtitled A Guide to Help Communities Better Manage Stormwater While Achieving Other Environmental, Public Health, Social and Economic Benefits.  The report summarizes green infrastructure approaches for stormwater, and the integration process into planning for and developing sustainable communities. The guide is designed to help stakeholders understand how green infrastructure can enhance their communities, and to develop a plan that can overcome technical, regulatory, financial, and institutional obstacles that can limit the implementation of green infrastructure.

Author or Affiliated User: Melissa Kramer

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Priority Agenda: Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources

October 2014

The Climate and Natural Resources Working Group (CNRWG) of the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience developed this Priority Agenda in response to the direction of Executive Order 13653 “Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change” and in coordination with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force.

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New York State Climate Smart Communities: Climate Smart Resiliency Planning Evaluation Tool

October 2014

Climate Smart Resiliency Planning is a non-regulatory self-assessment tool developed for local government decision makers in New York State to identify opportunities in municipal planning for climate change resilience. The tool is formatted as a “yes/no” questionnaire for local planners and managers to assess a community’s current plans, climate hazard risks, disaster preparedness, and public engagement. Results can be used to inform the development of integrated planning documents that incorporate adaptation strategies to address a community’s vulnerability to climate impacts such as flooding, storm surge, sea level rise, extreme heat, and drought.

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Caltrans Water Conservation Measures in Highway Landscaping

2014

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began using a variety of new materials and techniques to address drought conditions by reducing or eliminating water use on roadside landscaping following the onset of multi-year severe drought conditions in 2011.   New roadside landscaping projects began utilizing recycled water, native grasses and plants that require little or no watering, innovative water collection techniques, and smart irrigation controls. Caltrans’ water conservation efforts are designed to help meet or exceed state water use reduction goals and address growing water scarcity.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk (New York City)

October 8, 2014

‘Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk,’ from the New York City Department of City Planning, is a comprehensive guide for New York City homeowners living in new and existing flood zones. Along with a thorough assessment of applicable federal, state and city regulations relating to flood risk, the report provides retrofitting strategies that will enable property owners to adapt buildings for flood resiliency. 

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Maryland State Highway Administration Climate Change Adaptation Plan with Detailed Vulnerability Assessment

October 11, 2014

Maryland’s State Highway Administration (SHA) carried out a vulnerability assessment to inform future policy and engineering approaches to manage climate induced risks. The vulnerability assessment focused on two Maryland counties, Anne Arundel and Somerset, as part of a larger pilot project funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The report aims to improve the SHA’s understanding of climate vulnerability and allow for the development, assessment, and implementation of strategies to protect transportation assets.

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Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

October 13, 2014

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed the Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment to identify the state’s vulnerabilities to climate change, especially as related to the public health impacts of extreme heat events, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, flooding and drought.

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