November 11, 2014:
MONTESANO -- On a 2-1 vote, the Grays Harbor County commissioners decided to accept a $16,500 grant from Oregon State University to have staff work on assessing the potential health impacts of climate change. This grant provides $16,500 over the next three years and allows the county to look at not just climate change, but also sea level rise and possible salt water intrusion into shallow water wells, with state and university officials.
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Recommendations of the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and New Executive Actions Released
On November 17, 2014 the final Task Force Recommendations to the President on Climate Preparedness & Resilience were released at the White House.
"The recommendations offer guidance on how the Federal Government should modernize programs and policies to incorporate climate change, incentivize and remove barriers to community resilience, and provide useful, actionable information and tools. The Task Force organized its report across seven cross-cutting themes: building resilient communities; improving resilience in the Nation’s infrastructure; ensuring resilience of natural resources; preserving human health and supporting resilient populations; supporting climate-smart hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness and recovery; understanding and acting on the economics of resilience; and building capacity."
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In addition, NOAA has announced the new Resilience Toolkit today.
The Coastal Hazards Resilience Network was recognized in the November 2014 issue of the WA State Department of Commerce Planner's Update! The update included a broad overview of our network, and a discussion of our current partnership and efforts with FEMA and their resiliency meeting for Grays Harbor counties last month. The full Planner's Update also provides a link to FEMA's completed risk assessment for Grays Harbor County.
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