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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If your community could benefit from climate planning and implementation, email email@example.com or call 612-481-8059.