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Coastal Resilience Solutions for Downtown Boston and North End

September 2020

The “Coastal Resilience Solutions for Downtown Boston and the North End” is a $200 to $300 million dollar, 50-year plan to protect the Boston waterfront, including Downtown, the North End, and the eastern edge of the city’s West End. The plan aims to protect these neighborhoods from a hundred-year flood on top of a 40 inch rise in sea levels by late this century. The integrated plan relies on a combination of natural (green infrastructure) defenses, breakwaters, seawalls, harbor walks, and raised land to protect the waterfront and inland areas from increases in coastal flooding and sea level rise.

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FEMA National Risk Index

2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s National Risk Index (NRI) is a mapping tool that can help communities across the U.S. understand their relative risk and resilience related to natural hazards. The NRI identifies the relative vulnerability of all counties and census tracts within the U.S.to 18 natural hazards.. The relative vulnerability is based on detailed data and estimates of expected annual economic losses, social vulnerability, and community resilience.

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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.

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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.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sydney Menees, Jessica Grannis

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All-In Clark County: Clark County's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan

February 16, 2021

On February 16, 2021, the Clark County, Nevada Board of Commissioners approved the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan under the initiative “All-In Clark County. ” This initiative works to build a more sustainable future through taking bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare communities for the impacts of climate change. The Plan is guided by four principles: resilience (social, economic, and built environment), transparency, equity, and greenhouse gas reductions.

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