Written By: Annette Osso (Managing Director, Resilient Virginia) and Trish Porter (Marketing and Communications Director, Resilient Virginia) 7/29/2022
One thing that is hard to ignore this summer is the increase of disaster events in Virginia.
- On June 16th, 3 tornadoes were confirmed in Louisa, Goochland, and Fluvana counties. Read more here and here.
- On June 22nd, a cluster of severe storms struck central and northern Virginia causing widespread damage and power outages. Read more here and here and here.
- On July 12th, flooding in Buchanan County damaged homes, downed trees, and caused extensive power outages. Read more.
- As of July 22nd, the Roanoke Valley and the Lynchburg area already reported this summer was within the top-10-hottest summers on record. Read more.
And these are just a few that occurred this past month and a half. We are also seeing real-time severe flooding disasters in neighboring Kentucky, while most of the U.S. is being challenged by a massive, life-threatening heat wave.
All of these disasters affect our communities’ economic health, as well as our individual well-being. The conversation on climate change, including the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preparing for long-term impacts with adaptation measures, has gained traction as concern is growing. There is a sense of urgency that some have not felt until now.
If you look at the data, it is very clear that Virginia communities are experiencing an overall increase in extreme heat days and changing precipitation patterns. We are seeing more tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, and high wind events (just to name a few risks). The money we are spending in disaster event recovery is increasing as well.
These are only a few of the reasons that we believe #Virginia Can’t Wait to move forward with resiliency planning and initiatives. And local community action to tackle these challenges has never been more important.
Resilient Virginia helps communities address these concerns and build resiliency
Working directly with a community, we can help them understand their exposure, identify potential hazards and risks, evaluate and prioritize solutions, and then plan appropriately.
Our Resiliency Academy series continues to bring the latest information on programs and funding to local and regional governments around the state.
And our website holds a wealth of useful information on resiliency planning and implementation.
We do all of this through a lens of social equity and environmental justice, ensuring all community members are involved. As the number and severity of events increases, our work is becoming more critical.
We are dedicated to pushing resiliency initiatives forward in all Virginia communities, both rural and urban. Here are some ways you can support this important work.
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