In a recent blog post, BOLDplanning, a division of Agility, emphasized the growing need for communities to consider the effects of climate change when mitigating hazards. These include but are certainly not limited to flooding, extreme heat, drought, and wildfire, which so many locations have recently experienced or, unfortunately, may soon experience with the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season at its peak. Accordingly, FEMA is focused on building a climate-resilient nation.
The agency has built a new “storytelling website” to showcase the efforts of many across our country. Its pages profile how communities are building back stronger after disasters and how they’re planning for future ones through the implementation of numerous (and oftentimes creative) mitigation projects. One page shares information about the construction of the first federally funded tsunami vertical evacuation structure by the Shoalwater Bay Tribe in Washington State.
At BOLDplanning, we encourage you to check out FEMA’s new climate resilience website when time permits. You’ll find it online at https://www.fema.gov/about/action/climate-resilience#programs. New stories (maybe even your own) will be added as more communities complete mitigation projects in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, bookmark (and routinely visit) FEMA’s Climate Change page for the agency’s latest initiatives and blogs and cross-agency links to tools, data, learning, and policy on this increasingly important topic.