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Florida Senate Bill (S.B.) 1954: Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience

May 13, 2021

On May 12, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (S. B. ) 1954, Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience, into law (Fla. Stat. § 380. 093 (2021)). Among other provisions, the law establishes the Resilient Florida Grant Program to build regional and local resilience and requires the state develop a statewide flood vulnerability and sea-level rise data assessment and Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience Plan.  The purpose of the law is to determine flooding risks related to increased precipitation, extreme weather, and sea-level rise and initiate a coordinated statewide effort to adapt to these risks.

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Florida Senate Bill (S.B.) 2514: Resilient Florida Trust Fund

May 13, 2021

On May 12, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (S.B. 2514) into law creating the Resilient Florida Trust Fund (fund) within the Department of Environmental Protection (Fla. Stat. § 380.0935 (2021)). Accompanying S.B. 1954, the fund was established to support the Resilient Florida Grant Program and the development of the Statewide Flooding and Sea-Level Rise Resilience PlanFunds from the Resilient Florida Trust Fund can also be put toward administrative and operational costs of the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation and for other coastal resilience initiatives. The fund is set to expire on July 1, 2025.

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Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides Flood Mitigation Assistance funds to assist states, territories, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to implement measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA announced a new round of funding for Fiscal Year 2022 totaling $160 million. The application period for this round of funding will be open from September 30, 2021 to January 28, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. ET.

The Fiscal Year 2022 funding notice for the Flood Mitigation Assistance program adopts the Center for Disease Control's Social Vulnerability Index as an additional scoring criteria to rank applications for proposed projects and activities. This new criteria prioritizes funding for the disadvantaged communities by awarding extra points to projects that affect underserved populations. 

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FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

August 2020

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program is designed to support state, territorial, and local governments and federally recognized tribes in their efforts to undertake hazard mitigation projects to reduce risks stemming from natural hazards and disasters. BRIC funding is available on an annual basis in states that have received a presidential disaster declaration in the past seven years from the date when FEMA issues a Notice of Funding Opportunity. The purpose of the BRIC grant program is to provide a consistent, sustainable source of federal pre-disaster funding to shift the focus away from post-disaster recovery spending by building community resilience before future hazards and disasters occur. The BRIC program replaced FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program that served a similar purpose, but was administered differently and was not prescribed by Congress to be available on an annual basis. 

FEMA announced a new round of funding for the 2021 Fiscal Year totaling $1.6 billion. The application period for new funding opens on September 30, 2021 and closes on January 28, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. ET. Of note, eligible state and local grantees should check with their State Hazard Mitigation Offices or departments to inquire whether there are additional requirements or earlier deadlines for project proposals or applications set by their own states that may differ from the federal deadlines.

This round of funding aligns with the environmental justice mandates of federal Executive Order 14008 by incorporating metrics that prioritize assistance in disadvantaged communities. Economically disadvantaged rural areas are eligible for a higher federal cost share on projects (90 percent federal, instead of 25 percent), and projects can earn extra consideration for providing community-wide benefits to disadvantaged communities. 

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A Tribal Planning Framework: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies by Sector

April 2013

This Framework is designed to support American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in developing tribal climate change adaptation plans, or incorporating climate change adaptation strategies into existing tribal plans and initiatives, such as strategic plans or natural resource management plans. The report discusses climate impacts and adaptation strategies for the sectors of Natural and Cultural Resources, Building Standards, Housing, Infrastructure, Energy, Health, Telecommunications, Economic Development, Emergency Response, and Climate Law.

Author or Affiliated User: Kathy Lynn

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Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

October 10, 2019

From the National Audubon Society, this report describes a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment for North American birds. The study projects avian species geographic range changes due to climatic shifts, identifies the most vulnerable species and locations, and maps the risk of various climate hazards to avian species. The results of this study can inform conservation priorities as they help identify the species and locations most in need of climate adaptation solutions.   Audubon examined the current and projected geographic range of 604 bird species across North America to establish a vulnerability rating (neutral, low, moderate, or high) based on a comparison of future range loss and gain for individual species and species groupings by habitat.

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Lac du Flambeau Climate Change Resilience Initiative

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians have developed the Climate Change Resilience Initiative incorporating traditional knowledge and western science to better understand how the land, waters, species and resources have been and will be affected by climate change. The Initiative is built around the greater goal of protecting minobimadiziiwin (culture and way of life) and the economy of the Waswagoning (Lac du Flambeau) community for the next seven generations. Four climate related plans were developed by the Lac du Flambeau including an Energy Reduction Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, and a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

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Hawaii Act 179 (Senate Bill 474): Relating to Real Property Transactions

July 2, 2021

On July 2, 2021, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed into law Act 179 (Senate Bill 474), which requires that sellers of real estate located in areas at risk of sea-level rise disclose this information to potential buyers (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 508D-15 (2021)). Policymakers passed the law to ensure that prospective buyers are aware of future risks to property related to sea-level rise.

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Hawaii Act 178 (House Bill 243): Relating to Sea-Level Rise Adaptation

July 2, 2021

On July 2, 2021, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed into law Act 178 (House Bill 243), which directs the state’s agencies to collaborate toward identifying state facilities that are vulnerable to sea-level rise, flooding, and natural hazards (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 225M-__ (2021)). Act 178 also requires agencies to assess options to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise to these facilities. The law affirms and updates the Hawaii Office of Planning’s role in providing “central direction and cohesion” as the leader of this interagency effort (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 225M-2 (2021)).

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Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework 2021

January 19, 2021

On January 19, 2021, the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework was released by the Department of Land Conservation and Development in collaboration with multiple state agencies to provide an updated guide to ensuring Oregon’s people, ecosystems, and economy are able to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. The Framework is divided into five sections: Why We Must Adapt; Implementing Comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation; Climate Change Effects and Strategic Responses by Theme; Next Steps; and the Oregon Climate Equity Blueprint.

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