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Principles of Risk Communication: A Guide to Communicating with Socially Vulnerable Populations Across the Disaster Lifecycle

April 2020

The University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center’s “Principles of Risk Communication: A Guide to Communicating with Socially Vulnerable Populations Across the Disaster Lifecycle” concisely reviews approaches on communicating about hazard and disaster risks to socially vulnerable populations across the U. S. It is organized with three principles in mind: (1) Communicating through familiar and trusted messengers; (2) Providing; and (3) Tailoring messages and information pathways to target audiences, especially marginalized and frontline communities.

Related Organizations: Natural Hazards Center - University of Colorado Boulder

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Case Study on The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) explores how four counties in Southeast Florida formally established a collaborative to create close partnerships with municipalities and other entities in the region to prepare for the impacts of climate change. This case study describes how the Compact was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to adapt to climate change, and how the Compact funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center, Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sydney Menees, Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Jersey SB2607: Requiring land use plan element of municipal master plan to include climate change-related hazard vulnerability assessment

February 4, 2021

New Jersey enacted SB2607 on February 4, 2021, amending the required components for municipal master plans in New Jersey to incorporate climate change risks and adaptation strategies. Specifically, the land use element of any master plan adopted after the bill’s passage must include a climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessment as well as natural hazard mitigation strategies. 

Related Organizations: State of New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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American Flood Coalition - Flood Funding Finder Tool

September 2020

Launched by the American Flood Coalition, the Flood Funding Finder (FFF) helps small communities identify federal programs that fund flood resilience efforts including flood mitigation and risk reduction projects, planning efforts, and more. To create the FFF, the Coalition analyzed hundreds of funding programs across 26 federal agencies to identify the programs most likely to assist small community efforts related to flooding and sea-level rise. 

Related Organizations: American Flood Coalition

Resource Category: Funding

 

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American Flood Coalition - A Dual Disaster Handbook: 6 Recommendations for Local Leaders Responding to Floods During COVID-19

May 2020

Prepared by the American Flood Coalition in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, the Dual Disaster Handbook provides six recommendations for local leaders to cope with flooding during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. The recommendations emphasize the importance of using emergency planning processes, legal authorities, and volunteers and supplies effectively to simultaneously address dual threats, while focusing in particular on needs of at-risk populations. The Handbook draws on expertise and best practices from emergency management professionals and is intended for use by local officials involved in emergency preparedness and response.

Related Organizations: American Flood Coalition

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Marshfield, Massachusetts 2013 Master Plan: Climate Change Adaptation Chapter

December 2012

The Climate Change Adaptation Planning chapter of the Marshfield 2013 Master Plan is a case study and adaptation plan for Marshfield, Massachusetts. This report was prepared by students from the University of Massachusetts, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

Related Organizations: University of Massachusetts, City of Marshfield, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Cost of Climate: America’s Growing Flood Risk

February 2021

In February 2021, the First Street Foundation released a report -- The Cost of Climate -- that analyzes the financial risks and economic impacts of flooding across the country. As a whole, the report estimated losses from current and future flood risks to residential properties in the contiguous United States. Current annual flood losses are estimated to be around $20 billion. With sea-level rise and increased freshwater flooding from climate change, these annual flood losses are estimated to increase by 61% to $32 billion by 2051.

Related Organizations: First Street Foundation

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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S.3418 – Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act of 2020 (STORM Act)

January 1, 2021

The Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act of 2020 (STORM Act), enacted January 1st, 2021, amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U. S. C. 5131) to authorize grants to establish hazard mitigation revolving loan fund programs. The programs are intended to fund projects that mitigate natural hazards including wildfires, earthquakes, drought, severe storm events, erosion, storm surges, and high water levels. The goal of the funding is to support risk reduction for local governments by decreasing loss of life and property, insurance costs, and the necessity for future federal disaster relief.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Broward County Resiliency Standards for Flood Protection: Broward County Code of Ordinances Article XXV, Chapter 39.

February 13, 2020

Adopted by the Broward County Board of Commissioners in early 2020, Broward County’s new flood protection standards establish, and account for sea-level rise in, baseline elevation and maintenance standards for coastal and shoreline flood mitigation infrastructure for tidally-affected communities in the County. Broward County adopted a new policy (2. 21. 7) in the County Land Use Plan requiring tidally-influenced municipalities to adopt a local ordinance consistent with the regional standards, which were incorporated into county code as a model ordinance.

Related Organizations: Broward County Commission

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City of Boston: Climate Resilient Design Standards and Guidelines for Protection of Public Rights-of-way

October 17, 2018

In 2018, the City of Boston’s Public Works Department issued standards and guidelines for climate-resilient infrastructure to protect public rights-of-way from an expected 40-inch increase in sea level by 2070. In particular, the guidelines are intended to inform height adjustments for structures to account for sea-level rise, and establish a climate-resilient design process for shoreline barriers. City engineers and designers will be able to use these guidelines to inform designs for flood barriers protecting public rights-of-way to ensure they are prepared for the acute and chronic flooding conditions expected in coming years.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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