Tag Archives: Extreme Weather

Coastal Resilience Grants

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NOAA’s Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support two categories of activities: strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration. Strengthening Coastal Communities activities will improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Habitat Restoration activities will restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Applications due March 15. Learn more... Read more

Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

(Credit: Environmental Protection Agency)
In this report, the Federal Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup is reaffirming the importance of continuing to improve the nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and other impacts of a changing climate when managing our freshwater resources. The report focuses on three areas: Data and Research; Planning and Decision Support; and Training and Outreach. Read more... Read more

How Transit Agencies Are Prepping for the Next Big Storm

A Cambridge, Massachusetts, station stands idle last February after a snowstorm shut down the railways. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Of all the safety risks that could threaten public transportation, a recent survey of transit officials found that after collisions, extreme weather events were their second-highest concern. Conducted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, the survey asked respondents about the most common types of extreme weather their agencies experience, their perception of future risk and how their organizations are preparing and responding to the threat. Read more... Read more

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this guidebook with the sole purpose of providing essential information to homeowners as well as volunteers and workers who restore homes damaged by disasters. Based on the principle link between health and housing, proper post-disaster restoration is particularly important for families who have already experienced a potentially traumatic event. Poorly restored homes, due to lack of knowledge or pressure for a speedy rebuild, can create health hazards, and even make... Read more

Buy-In for Buyouts: The Case for Managed Retreat from Flood Zones

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This report presents an in-depth study of buyouts in the New York metropolitan region following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as a tool for adaptation against flooding. It provides an overview of flooding risk, a detailed summation of buyout programs in and outside of the region, quantitative analyses that organize the region into place types, and five case studies of the fiscal impact of buyouts on selected communities.The report offers a set of policy recommendations to improve the effectiveness of and... Read more

Buy-In for Buyouts: Three Flood-Prone Communities Opt for Managed Retreat

Hurricane Sandy damaged 1,500 properties in Milford—which has the longest coastline in Connecticut, two rivers, and the
state’s highest number of repetitive loss properties—but the city and most home owners have resisted buyout programs. (Credit: Denis Tangney, Jr.)
This article highlights the experience of three cities in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey that adopted buyout programs after suffering major property loss from Hurricane Irene or Superstorm Sandy. The case studies demonstrate that buyout programs are a useful tool for moving residents in flood zones out of harm’s way, but they also illustrate the limitations of current programs. Read more... Read more

Project Marks How High Water Can Reach in Monmouth County

The remains of the Belmar Fishing Pier on after Hurricane Sandy (Andrew Mills / The Star-Ledger)
​ As many as 100 signs marking the high water mark of superstorm Sandy will be placed throughout Monmouth County in an effort to educate the public on just how high the water could reach during a storm event. The goal is to focus attention on the effects of flooding and ensure that the public remains diligent about taking long-term actions to protect themselves, their property and their communities, and it brings an added bonus of lowering flood insurance premiums... Read more
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