A busy time for the federal government!
First, the 2014 National Climate Assessment has been released. This is the third NCA and it details how climate change has already been observed around the United States. The NCA includes chapters that focus on specific geographic regions, economic sectors, and indigenous people. You can directly view the Northwest regional chapter here. The White House has also put out press releases that break observed climate change down even further by state. The Washington press release is here and is worth a look.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking lead and partner institutions to form a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. You can view one of those calls here on grants.gov, or go to our grants calendar for more information.
Thirdly, the NOAA Ocean Service has released a "road map" for the next 3-5 years, showing how NOAA will take action on:
•Coastal resilience: preparedness, response, and recovery
The road map is a great window into the new Office for Coastal Management (OCM), the new combined OCRM/CSC. OCM is lead on important outcomes under the Coastal Resilience priority, plays a solid supporting role in coastal intelligence and place-based conservation priorities (although is lead on the place-based outcome related to “Ecosystems Service Valuation” on p. 14).
Many different agencies, organizations, and researchers have their own definitions of resilience. Here's one from NOAA/National Ocean Service. (Source: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/resilience.html)
"Coastal resilience means building the ability of a community to "bounce back" after hazardous events such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and flooding – rather than simply reacting to impacts.
Resilience is important everywhere because all communities face hazard threats such as droughts and flooding. Coastal areas have additional hazard risk from storms such as hurricanes and increased population pressures, making resilience particularly important in those locations.
A community that is more informed and prepared will have a greater opportunity to rebound quickly from weather and climate-related events, including adapting to sea level rise. The ability to rebound more quickly can reduce negative human health, environmental, and economic impacts.
The ability of a community to successfully recover is linked to the strengths and capacities of individuals, families, businesses, schools, hospitals, and other parts of the community. Also, there are more people moving into high-risk areas such as the coast. With these population increases, homes, businesses, and infrastructure are also at great risk of damage from hazards.
Because all communities are going to face hazards, resilience is important. Resilience is our ability to prevent a short-term hazard event from turning into a long-term community-wide disaster. While most communities effectively prepare themselves to respond to emergency situations, many are not adequately prepared to recover in the aftermath."
Bonus link: The photo above comes from TakePart.com's series on Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief, written by David Page of Mammoth Medical Missions, Inc. Worth a read for the vivid descriptions of the myriad challenges of providing medical care after a massive natural disaster. (Link here: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/01/09/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-medical-relief-diary-part-1?cmpid=tp-ad-longreads)
Nominations Open for CRS Award for Excellence
Nominations are being sought for the 2014 CRS Award for Excellence, which acknowledges outstanding effort by an individual at the local level to improve people’s understanding of the dangers of flooding and the ways flood damage can be avoided, promote the purchase of flood insurance, and contribute to community well-being.
Nominees for the award could be a local government official, insurance agent, business professional, real estate professional, floodplain manager, or other local leader. They should
--Be actively involved in a CRS community and knowledgeable about the risk of local flooding;
--Be active in promoting the use of flood insurance to help households prepare for the possibility of flood damage;
--Be active in encouraging community leaders to improve local safety and resilience to flooding and other disasters; and
--Have noteworthy achievements in the area of alerting residents and businesses to potential flood dangers and promoting the purchase of flood insurance.
Nomination forms for the CRS Award for Excellence can be downloaded from the web at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/17014. The deadline for nominations and applications is February 28, 2014.
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