Emergency Preparedness

  • Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

    Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative addresses the broad issue of increasing the nation’s resilience to disasters. This book defines “national resilience”, describes the state of knowledge about resilience to hazards and disasters, and frames the main issues related to increasing resilience in the United States. It also provide goals, baseline conditions, or performance metrics for national resilience and outlines additional information, data, gaps, and/or obstacles that need to be addressed to increase the nation’s resilience ... Read more...

  • McAuliffe Climate Change Commission Playing for Small Stakes

    by James A. Bacon
    Complete article available at Bacon’s Rebellion

    In December 2008, Governor Tim Kaine’s climate change commission issued a detailed action plan. In 2009, Bob McDonnell was elected governor, and work on anything remotely connected to climate change promptly ended. In January 2014 Governor Terry McAuliffe took office, and he set up a new commission to review and update the Kaine plan. What can we expect from this latest initiative?

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  • The Non Global-Warmist’s Case for Resilience Planning

    by James A. Bacon
    Complete article available at Smart Growth for Conservatives

    The key to building a strong resiliency movement — making communities more adaptable in the face of natural and man-made disasters — is finding common ground. So argued Steven McNulty, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southeast Regional Climate Hub, in addressing the launch event of Resilient Virginia this morning.

    Fear of rising temperatures, droughts and sea-level rise is a major impetus behind the ... Read more...

  • Resilience and Competitive Economic Advantage

    Do state and local governments have a plan to cope with recurrent flooding that will likely only get worse in time? How resilient is the region — not just one particular jurisdiction but, given the connectedness of transportation arteries and commuter flows — the entire region?

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  • Understanding Virginia’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

    pubart-understanding-virginias-vulnerability-to-climate-changeThis report from the Georgetown Climate Center and Old Dominion University’s Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute touches on two threats to Virginia’s communities: rising seas, flooding, and extreme storms; and threats from extreme heat.

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  • Resilient Communities: A CommunityMatters Conference Call

    Our communities are constantly changing. Most changes are gradual and predictable—a new store opens on Main Street, newcomers come to town and priorities shift. But, sometimes change is abrupt, unexpected—a major natural disaster or an epidemic. How can your city or town best prepare for unanticipated change? What will help your community respond to challenges not only to bounce back, but to become stronger than ever?

    Michael Crowley, senior program officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities, and ... Read more...

  • Georgetown Climate Center

    logo-georgetown_climate_centerThe nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. The Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.

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  • 100 Resilient Cities: Norfolk, Virginia

    Norfolk survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, and a century of flooding. As a major military hub, it needs to ensure it remains resilient amidst rising sea levels. And in 2013, it was named to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network.

    logo-100_resilient_citiesThe New York-based foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities program to address the increasing shocks and stresses that cities face in the 21st ... Read more...

  • Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

    pubart-greenbuilding-climateresislienceThis report from the University of Michigan and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) includes regional impact information and building adaptation strategy. For the Southeast U.S. these include: sea-level rise; increased heat-related stresses for people, plants and animals; decreased water availability; and increased damage from higher intensity hurricanes and storm surges.

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