Tag Archives: Hazard Mitigation

Building Resilient States: Profiles in Action

​This new resource highlights local, regional, and statewide efforts to build more resilient communities from the ground up. The report was produced by the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a program run in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America. Profiles in Action looks at examples in states across the country, focusing on each of the seven steps in the resilience Framework. Read more... Read more

State Hazard Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins: Mitigation Capabilities

This FEMA document provides a framework states can use to inventory and assess their hazard mitigation capabilities, including the authorities, policies, programs, staff, funding, and other resources available to accomplish mitigation and reduce long-term vulnerability. The bulletin also provides approaches for analyzing local and tribal mitigation planning capabilities for incorporation into the State Mitigation Plan. Read more... Read more

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas Guide

Sustainability, resilience and climate change are top of mind for planners and floodplain managers, but when it comes to subdivision design, those concepts haven’t hit home. The result? Catastrophic flood damage. Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas is a guide to best floodplain planning practices for subdivision design. Readers will find tools to end the build-damage-rebuild cycle, save lives, protect property, and lay the foundation for a better, drier future. Read report... Read more

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

​The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes funds available to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. Applications due June 15. Learn more and apply... Read more

NOAA Announces Additional Community Resilience Grants Totaling $4.5 Million

NOAA awarded $4.5 million last month to help coastal communities improve their resilience to adverse events by aiding their ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Learn more about the twelve projects, covering 200 coastal communities and 19 states, that were selected for funding. Read more... Read more

Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience

​Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience is a collection of 19 strategies for building owners to make their properties more resilient against the effects of extreme weather events. It draws on advice from over 50 experts in the field of resilience as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The manual also offers guidance on determining a property’s vulnerability to various hazards, finding which strategies are relevant to a particular... Read more

Free Webinar: Hazard Mitigation Implementation, Dec. 10

​This webinar from the American Planning Association (APA) offers an in-depth look at hazard mitigation implementation. Two experienced professionals will discuss how their communities translated mitigation goals into achievements in two very different environments, Colorado and North Carolina. Learn what makes for successful implementation of mitigation goals for flood, wildfire, and other major hazards. The webinar is free but registration is required. December 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. EST. Register now... Read more

Resilience for Free: How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost

​This report uses project data for buildings in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., to examine the financial case for installing solar+storage systems to support critical common area loads in multifamily affordable housing. The report concludes that with the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide a positive economic return on par with energy efficiency or stand-alone solar. Learn more... Read more

How Solar Power Can Make Affordable Housing More Resilient

Solar power with battery backup storage systems (solar + storage) can help us prevent crises like Superstorm Sandy, where people were stranded in high rise apartments with no food water or electricity. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the Clean Energy Group, which found that solar + storage can reduce operating costs in affordable housing, and even generate revenue where markets permit. And, with payback periods as short as a few years, solar + storage can be implemented... Read more