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Do You Need Help Adding Climate Change to Emergency Planning?

Climate change is increasing the occurrence and intensity of natural disasters. Local communities need to plan for how they will adapt to increased wildfires, floods, drought, storm intensity, sea level rise, and more.

Communities often find hazard mitigation planning complicated, expensive, and feel they lack the capacity to address these challenges. Also, many Hazard Mitigation Plans only have historic data that is no longer sufficient. With climate change, data based on projected future conditions is vital to effective planning.

However, there is good news! After a declared presidential disaster, communities may access FEMA funds to develop a full climate adaptation plan and receive training in how to update Hazard Mitigation Plans with current climate data. This is possible through funding from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

If awarded funding, communities can contract with our Climate Solutions University program to complete a climate adaptation plan. While we cannot apply directly for this funding, a community may apply to receive our services.
FEMA can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of each project. The grantee must provide a 25 percent match, which can be fashioned from a combination of cash and in-kind sources.

Funding from other federal sources cannot be used for the 25 percent share with one exception. Funding provided to states under the Community Development Block Grant program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development can be used to meet the non-federal share requirement.

For more information on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer or the FEMA Regional Office in your area.

For more information on Climate Solutions University, contact Josh Dye at 612-481-8059 or email josh@mfpp.org.

 

More about Model Forest Policy Program and Climate Solutions University

Model Forest Policy Program is a national nonprofit that builds the capacity of communities to be climate resilient by sustaining water resources, productive forests, citizens’ wellbeing, and thriving economies.

Model Forest Policy Program created Climate Solutions University (CSU) to assist community leaders grappling with how to effectively respond to adverse climate impacts in the rapidly changing sphere of climate science and policy.

Climate Solutions University offers a virtual curriculum through which community leaders develop an adaptation plan that fits local priorities and resources, and our team then supports implementation of the plan with climate resilience strategies. Since 2009, 34+ U.S. communities have participated in the Plan Development program, resulting in increased local capacity to decipher complicated science, utilize analytical tools, and gather resources needed to advance their adaptation efforts.

Climate Solutions University can help your community complete a HMP-Ready Climate Adaptation Plan, or an Action Plan on how to integrate climate adaptation strategies into HMP, and/or provide technical and coaching assistance to integrate climate resilience into local Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs)

For example, Sustainable Sandhills, and the City of Fayetteville, NC, participated in 2015 Climate Solutions University and produced this regional plan.

With this information, Sustainable Sandhills then helped update the Cumberland Hoke Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The CSU 2015 Cumberland County Climate Resiliency Plan specifically addresses the likelihood of increased precipitation, flooding, and damaged drinking water. On October 8, 2016 Hurricane Matthew caused widespread Cape Fear River flooding in Cumberland County, adding emphasis to the importance of the climate adaptation work of Sustainable Sandhills. See below for a “before and after” photo of the Cape Fear River at a bridge crossing.

Cape Fear River Bridge Crossing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your community could benefit from climate planning and implementation, email josh@mfpp.org or call 612-481-8059.

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.