Climate Change; Climate Resilience

 

Climate Change is an urgent issue that all of us face together.

 

Hazard Mitigation can help our communities become more Climate Resilient.

 

Climate change is associated with both rapid-onset events such as floods, hurricanes or wildfires and slow-onset events such as sea level rise or desertification. Climate resilience is the ability of social, economic and environmental systems to withstand these impacts so that they can thrive in spite of the impact. (practicalaction.org)


New Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Certificate Program

 

EMI is thrilled to announce the launch of the IS-1400: Foundations of Climate Science, the first course in the new Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Certificate Program offered by the Emergency Management Institute.

Please visit us and learn what courses are available immediately and the courses offered soon.

 

 

 

 


FEMA and the Changing Climate

Understand FEMA’s role in and resources for addressing climate change, along with tools to help you know your climate risk.

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Climate Essentials for Emergency Managers

Climate Essentials for Emergency Managers offers foundational learning opportunities for the emergency management community and beyond. By sharing communication techniques, climate information, data resources, and guidance for connecting with experts, this resource helps advance the integration of climate change considerations into actionable efforts before, during, and after disasters.


FEMA Releases the Resources for Climate Resilience

The FEMA Resources for Climate Resilience assists FEMA’s state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners in navigating the FEMA resources that are available to support communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change and build resilience.

The document offers a description of available FEMA resources communities can use to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the adverse impacts of climate change.  


Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide

The impacts of climate change are being felt today in communities across the country and increasingly test our resilience. Exercises provide a method for participants to visualize a future that is outside their direct experience and evaluate options for constructive action to adapt to climate changes already occurring and those to come. The Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide is a “one-stop–shop” for any jurisdiction or organization looking to conduct a climate-focused exercise.


Meet the Challenges of a Changing Climate

Learn about potential climate hazards and how you can protect your vulnerable assets. 

US Climate Resilience Toolkit


Impact of Climate Change on Human Health | U.S. Climate ...


NASA Climate & Resilience Program

Climate change currently impacts every community across the globe, all in different ways. The worldwide rise in the Earth’s temperature and changes in precipitation affect how communities manage their infrastructure and prioritize planning. Remote sensing data can help them plan for these changes and build more resilient communities.

The Climate & Resilience program area uses Earth observations to help communities adapt to our changing climate and inform public and private sector decision-making. NASA’s more than 60 years of Earth science data shows how the Earth’s climate is transforming over time, and thus our challenge is two-fold: How much will Earth’s climate change — and how can humans cope with these changes?

Those answers depend on the actions that decision-makers take today and in the coming years. Our program provides them with the data and models they need to reduce climate risks, focusing on integrated human and natural systems.

Visit the NASA Climate & Resilience website to learn more about Cultivating Climate Resilience.


FEMA to Compensate Schools, Hospitals for Adding Solar Panels After Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will compensate local and state governments for energy efficiency upgrades to school and hospital facilities in the wake of natural disaster. 

Under the new policy, FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program will offer funding for net-zero energy installations including solar panels and heat pumps for public facilities damaged by extreme weather and other disasters.

The Biden administration has set ambitious goals for the proliferation of renewable and net-zero energy. The announcement also comes as natural disasters, many of them intensified by climate change, have become more numerous and expensive. Last year, the U.S. experienced a record 28 disasters with damages of at least $1 billion, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). More than 80 disasters have been declared across FEMA’s 10 regions in January.

“As the increase of extreme weather hazards become more severe due to climate change, we need to adapt the way we are helping communities rebuild post-disaster,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said in a statement. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and the Inflation Reduction Act, FEMA will now cover the costs of net-zero energy projects since they are the single most effective measure FEMA can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the climate crisis.”

The federal government is the single biggest buyer of construction materials in the U.S., and construction is itself a major contributor to climate change. A 2023 report from the Rocky Mountain Institute estimated new residential construction alone results in more than 50 million tons of carbon emissions a year. The Biden administration announced it will use Inflation Reduction Act grants to add solar panels to the Pentagon, one of the nation’s largest buildings.

FEMA’s announcement comes a week after the agency announced it would expand aid eligibility for those affected by natural disasters, pointing to the increasingly visible effects of climate change. That rule expands eligibility for immediate cash assistance as well as establishing a new “displacement assistance” fund for people unable to return to their homes in the immediate wake of a disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

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