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Best Wishes for 2017 From Model Forest Policy Program!

Dear Friends,

Serving as Executive Director of Model Forest Policy Program for the past 16 years, I have witnessed tremendous growth in the field of climate adaptation.

We are now at a major crossroads in our work.

With climate skeptics on the cabinet hot list, federal funding for our collective work will likely shut down.  Such a shift makes our individual efforts to adapt to climate change crucial.

Now more than ever, action is LOCAL, and that is exactly where we focus our nonprofit’s efforts.

Through our Climate Solutions University program we work directly with cities, counties, Tribes and NGOs as they increase local and regional resilience to climate change through climate adaptation planning and implementation.

We have helped leaders in over 33 communities across the U.S. take the following actions:

  • Engage with vulnerable citizens to discover how they are impacted by climate change.
  • Build public support for climate change initiatives.
  • Calculate the value natural resources deliver to a region.
  • Develop leadership skills and organizational capacity.
  • Prioritize the risks climate change poses to local natural resources, people, and the economy.
  • And many more!

Ultimately, because of our guidance, these communities have a climate adaptation plan that gets implemented and makes a positive difference.

Without our work, the health, and in some cases survival, of ecosystems and communities of people are at much greater risk.

As we wrap up 2016 and move into 2017, your tax deductible donation will help us continue to build local capacity to achieve climate resilience and help fund the production of expert adaptation educational programming that professionals can use to protect vulnerable natural resources and communities. Please help us prepare for the future.

Thank you for your donation and support of our vital work!

Please donate online at: www.mfpp.org/ways-to-give (Razoo, Amazon Smile, or DAF)

Or, mail a check to:
Model Forest Policy Program
PO Box 328
Sagle, ID 83860

Warmest Regards,

Nancy Gilliam
Executive Director
Model Forest Policy Program

Hazard Mitigation Planning and Response Tools

Deb Kleinman

Deb Kleinman, Implementation Coordinator

Earlier this year, Deb Kleinman, consultant for Model Forest Policy Program, was one of four recipients of the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship, supporting her participation in the annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop.

This conference is for professionals dedicated to alleviating the impacts of disasters. Model Forest Policy Program is particularly interested in the integration of climate considerations into hazard mitigation plans.

According to Kleinman, “There is an incredible opportunity in formally integrating climate considerations into hazard mitigation planning efforts that go beyond basic emerging requirements from FEMA and other agencies. The opportunity to build relationships with natural hazard practitioners and to learn more about the potential synergies was really exciting. Model Forest Policy Program is looking forward to playing a role in increasing the number of communities that are climate and natural hazard resilient.”

At the conference, Kleinman culled a number of resources that those interested in hazard mitigation and climate may find useful in their work.

Integrated Research & Disaster Risk
This Community of Practice (CoP) for IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data (DATA) project is the information dissemination, networking and collaboration forum for the growing network of stakeholders from different disciplines and sectors to study issues related to the collection, storage and dissemination of disaster loss data.

Integrated Hazards Assessment Tool
This tool was created by the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, Department of Geography, at the University of South Carolina.

Spatial Hazard Events & Losses Database
SHELDUS™ is a county-level hazard loss data set for the U.S. for 18 different natural hazard events types such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornados. For each event the database includes the beginning date, location (county and state), property losses, crop losses, injuries, and fatalities that affected each county. The data set does not include Puerto Rico, Guam, or other U.S. territories.

Florida Public Health Risk Assessment Tool
The Florida Public Health Risk Assessment Tool is a collaborative development involving local, regional, and state partners. This tool helps planners to create jurisdictional risk assessments by assessing the 15 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Preparedness Capabilities and local resources, producing gap analyses, estimating the impacts of hazards to public health, healthcare, and mental health, measuring the positive effect of mitigation factors such as community resilience, producing a final matrix of residual risk, and exploring county, state and regional data queries.

Risk Assessment Planning Project for the State of Florida
By including geophysical, meteorological, and hydrological factors, this project will enhance the ability of Florida counties to conduct a comprehensive hazards analysis for an effective local mitigation strategy.

Surging Seas
Search or navigate the interactive tool to see maps of areas below different amounts of sea level rise and flooding, down to neighborhood scale, matched with area timelines of risk. The tool also provides statistics of population, homes and land affected by city, county and state, plus links to factsheets, data downloads, action plans, embeddable widgets, and more.

NOAA Digital Coast
The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA.

Economic & Human Impact of Natural Hazards
Explore the economic and human impact of natural hazards in the United States.

NIH Disaster Research Response Program (DR2)
This is the national framework for research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies. The DR2 website, provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Library of Medicine, supports disaster science investigators by offering data collection tools, research protocols, disaster research news and events, and more.

Volunteers Organizing in Advance of Disasters
National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.

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Upgrade Your Hazard Mitigation Plans to Climate Ready & FEMA Funding Eligible

Enjoy this final webinar in our series!

FEMA now requires communities seeking funding for disaster preparedness to integrate climate into their Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs). However, guidelines for how to integrate climate are hard to find. This session will examine the HMP process opportunity, including real world examples of communities integrating climate and hazard mitigation planning. Tools and resources for practitioners will be shared for practical how-to applications.

You will learn:

  • Hazard Mitigation Plan elements for climate integration.
  • Framing adaption for the Hazard Mitigation Plan process and products.
  • FEMA coordination and funding eligibility.
  • Lessons learned from Boulder, CO, Norton Bay, AK, Baltimore, MD, and more!

Join us on September 1st at 1:00 pm EST for this webinar!

Cost: $25

Register for this webinar here.

Below are other webinars in this series. If you purchase the full course, you will gain access to the recorded webinars. The full course is $80.

Webinar 1 – Acting on Resilience with Existing Plans, Policies, & Practices (Purchase the full course to view the recording of this webinar).

Webinar 2 – Creating Lasting Resilience with Comprehensive Plans & Targeted Land Use Codes & Ordinances (Purchase the full course to view the recording of this webinar).

Webinar 3 – Climate Resilience for Integrated Water Resource Management (Purchase the full course to view the recording of this webinar).

Webinar 4 – Upgrade Your Hazard Mitigation Plans to Climate Ready & FEMA Funding Eligible (September 1st, 1:00 EST).
More info

Climate Resilience for Integrated Water Resource Management

Sign up for the next webinar in our series!

Drought, flooding, source water security, and changing precipitation patterns are climate risks that must be addressed on the path to resiliency.

Putting climate into a framework of integrated water resource management is ever more critical. This webinar offers real world applications for cities, utilities, and other public / private influence points.

Attendees will learn:

  • Elements of resilience for water resource management decisions.
  • Framing adaptation for water quality and quantity objectives.
  • Framing adaptation for extreme weather and hazard mitigation.
  • Opportunities for source water protection and water resource security.
  • Integration with government, utility, and business policies and practices.
  • Education and outreach to build collaboration across sectors and jurisdictions.

Join us on August 18th at 1:00 pm EST for this webinar!

Cost: $25

Register for this webinar here.

Below are other webinars in this series. If you purchase the full course, you will gain access to the recorded webinars. The full course is $80.

Webinar 1 – Acting on Resilience with Existing Plans, Policies, & Practices (Purchase the full course to view the recording of this webinar).

Webinar 2 – Creating Lasting Resilience with Comprehensive Plans & Targeted Land Use Codes & Ordinances (Purchase the full course to view the recording of this webinar).

Webinar 3 – Climate Resilience for Integrated Water Resource Management (August 18th, 1:00 pm EST).
More info

Webinar 4 – Upgrade Your Hazard Mitigation Plans to Climate Ready & FEMA Funding Eligible (September 1st, 1:00 EST).
More info

One more thing!

As we go through this course, we want your feedback on the activities and challenges you face while implementing adaptation strategies. The more we understand your work, the better we can serve and support climate resilience wherever you live and work. Take the survey.

Creating Lasting Resilience with Comprehensive Plans & Targeted Land Use Codes & Ordinances

Enjoy the next webinar in our series!

Comprehensive plans and local land use codes and ordinances drive much of the climate resilience related decision making at the local level. These are key targets for climate integration!

This webinar examines real world examples that illustrate how to meld comprehensive planning, land use regulations, and climate adaptation. We will also share relevant tools and resources to help practitioners make an impact.

You will learn:

  • Utilizing comprehensive and master planning process opportunities.
  • Assessing comprehensive plan status, gaps, and state law compliance.
  • Resilience objectives for master plans and land use management.
  • Targeting specific land use codes and ordinances for resilience strategies.
  • Middle Tennessee comprehensive planning at county and regional scale.
  • Sustainable Sandhills climate plan in Fayetteville, NC comprehensive plan.
  • Education and adoption processes for land use planning regulations.

Cost:$25

Register for this webinar here.

One more thing!
As we go through this course, we want your feedback on the activities and challenges you face while implementing adaptation strategies. The more we understand your work, the better we can serve and support climate resilience wherever you live and work. Take the survey.