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.
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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