The Resilient Nation Roundup | June 2021

JUNE 2021

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network works to build partnerships that expand capacity and achieve collaborative outcomes. It is great to see many of our partner organizations coming together to collectively advance resilience and natural hazard mitigation.

This month we are highlighting a newly formed partnership focused on providing state leaders holistic resilience support. The State Resilience Partnership, led by the American Flood Coalition and The Pew Charitable Trusts, brings together 15 organizations united to fill knowledge gaps and support state leaders as they answer key questions about state resilience. Read more about their efforts in the partner news below and learn how you can get involved.  

Let’s continue to intentionally partner and move to action as we collectively create a more resilient nation.

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network Team

Feedback Requested

Two months ago, the Resilient Nation Partnership Network released the “Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience” resource. This was the Network’s first co-created resource and was only made possible by leveraging the power of partnership.

We are looking for your feedback on this resource! Specifically, the impact the resource has made on advancing equitable resilience, the value of co-creation and the collaborative process, resulting partnerships, new perspectives, and more. Your responses will help us understand how we can continue to create content that is meaningful and actionable for our partners.

While this resource is a first step in a long journey, we hope this leads to increased awareness, commitments and action to make equitable resilience possible for all. 

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The American Flood Coalition and The Pew Charitable Trusts: The State Resilience Partnership

As states around the country are increasingly taking the lead on flood preparedness and resilience, a network of 15 organizations has come together to launch the State Resilience Partnership, which will work to fill knowledge gaps and support state leaders as they craft resilience strategies. Learn more through the websitethis Q&A, and @StateResilience.

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New Tool for Creating Climate-Ready Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), in partnership with Sasaki, is proud to announce the release of a new web-based toolkit, Climate.Park.Change. As one of the largest land managers in the nation, local parks are key to climate mitigation and adaptation. NRPA and Sasaki are committed to equipping park and recreation professionals with the tools to better anticipate and meet the challenges presented by climate change. We further aim to elevate the critical role that park and recreation professionals play in building resilient communities through climate-ready parks. This toolkit provides park and recreation professionals, park designers and planners, and resilience professionals with a comprehensive examination of climate change risks and strategies for parks and green spaces. As a pilot project, Climate.Park.Change. focuses on the Intermountain West region, however, the threats and strategies are relevant to park and recreation systems across the country. Learn more about Climate.Park.Change. by reading this blog post.

New Resources Now Available from Nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) introduced three new resources this spring to increase community resilience and help consumers prepare for severe weather:


FLASH Launches #TornadoStrong Campaign to Help Americans Better Prepare for Tornadoes

On the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak, FLASH launched the #TornadoStrong campaign and website with resources and information to increase consumer knowledge of tornadoes and lifesaving preparedness plans and safe rooms. Homeowners can enter the #TornadoStrong Sweepstakes to win one of 12 certified tornado safe rooms from Extreme Storm Shelters available exclusively at Lowe’s.

Learn more here

No Code. No Confidence – (Phase II Now Complete)

The enhanced No Code. No Confidence. website with new consumer-friendly guidance and features is now live and available.

Learn more here



To help homeowners prepare, FLASH is offering simple and affordable ways to increase safety, financial security and home strengthening to ensure Americans are #HurricaneStrong in 2021 with a refreshed website at

Learn more here


Anthropocene Alliance: NEW DIRECTORY of community-based organizations on the frontline of climate change

Anthropocene Alliance has created a searchable database of community groups fighting for climate and environmental justice. The database is searchable by impact (flooding, wildfires, water contamination and air pollution) and resilience strategies such as green infrastructure, renewable energy and affordable housing. 

If you know of a community that would like to be listed, or if you provide pro bono resources to frontline groups, please reach out to Harriet Festing

Learn more here

Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center: Understanding U.S. Climate Risk Disclosures

Investors are increasingly climate-conscious, and the Securities and Exchange Commission recently asked for input on potential changes to climate disclosure guidance. Read the most recent Risk Center Primer for an overview of these risks and the state of climate disclosures, along with how they might change moving forward.

Updates from the Union of Concerned Scientists


Insular Areas Climate Change Act: Strengthen Territories’ Response to Climate Disasters and Protect the Most Vulnerable 

This blog makes recommendations for the proposed Insular Areas Climate Change Act, which aims to reduce climate impacts in unincorporated island territories. The Act needs to address the true causes of climate vulnerability in island territories and integrate local knowledge from, and collaboration with, frontline communities.  

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The 2021 Hurricane Season Begins: Six Major Risks We’re Watching

This blog explains how this year’s hurricane season will worsen the syndemic of COVID-19, proximity to toxic sites, unemployment and poverty, food insecurity, and power grid vulnerability, especially in communities of color and poor communities.

Read more here


Deanne Criswell as the New FEMA Administrator: Here’s What She Brings to the Agency and the Challenges She’ll Face 

An interview with a former FEMA Administrator on the challenges newly appointed FEMA Administrator, Deanne Criswell, will face addressing the syndemic of COVID-19, climate disasters and historical inequities. 

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The 2021 Hurricane Season in Puerto Rico Catches the Population Unprepared

An active hurricane season, coastal hazards, high unemployment, battered energy and public health infrastructures, disparities in federal funding, lack of political rights, and COVID will mean more suffering for Puerto Ricans when the next storm threatens the island.

Read more here


New NOAA Data Shows Just How Abnormal Our Climate Has Become

A reminder that new NOAA “climate normals” aren’t normal at all – they're the result of how far we’re pushing the planet, which the word “normal” can’t begin to describe. 

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Is Another Brutal Heat and Wildfire Season in Store for U.S. West? Here’s What We Know

While the U.S. still recovers from last year’s wildfire season, this summer brings extreme heat and exceptionally dry conditions. However, state and federal investments in wildfire resilience can help ensure that the West is more prepared this year.

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NCDP: Improving Housing Recovery in Communities Affected by Disaster

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Columbia University, is offering three FREE web-based trainings on post-disaster housing recovery: AWR-370-W: Conducting Impact AssessmentsAWR-371-W: Pre-Disaster Planning, and AWR-372-W: Post-Disaster Planning. The trainings contain COVID-19 information as well as information for communities recovering from natural disasters. 


ASFPM: New Story Map: Communities Gaining Ground in the Race Against Rising Waters

Communities Gaining Ground in the Race Against Rising Waters is a story map from ASFPM's Flood Science Center featuring case studies of eight communities that successfully addressed their flood problems. Examining each community’s response from an historical angle lets us see how they adapted over time, shifting their approach as conditions changed. With locations as diverse as their flooding challenges and solutions, the story map serves a valuable tool for all types of communities looking for sound approaches to address flooding.

Learn more here

Updates from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: DHS Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence

DHS Center Releases Report on Diversity Efforts in Education Projects

Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) staff and education project leaders collaborated on a report, “Diversifying the Homeland Security Enterprise,” which focuses on the progress of its supported undergraduate and graduate programs at four Minority Supporting Institutions – two in Mississippi, one in North Carolina and one in Puerto Rico – over the first 5 years of the Center. More information can be found in the report on the CRC website.

Videos Explore Successes of Plan Integration Resilience Scorecard

CRC researchers Phil Berke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Jaimie Masterson, Texas A&M University, are the subject of four new videos from CRC on their work with the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard™ (PIRS™). Now in a partnership with the American Planning Association to distribute the tool to communities nationwide, the researchers have worked with pilot communities across the country. Planning and emergency management staff in three of those communities – Rockport, Texas; Norfolk, Virginia; and Nashua, New Hampshire – speak in the videos about how PIRS™ improved their planning process and resilience to disaster.

University of Rhode Island Website Highlights Decision Support Tools Used by Local, Regional Emergency Management

CRC's University of Rhode Island partners have developed a website showcasing how their Center-funded projects help local, state and federal end users in the Northeast. Tools from two CRC projects – "Modeling the Combined Coastal and Inland Hazards from High-Impact Hurricanes" (led by Isaac Ginis) and "Hazard Consequence Threshold Models for Emergency Management and Response Decision Making" (led by Austin Becker) – are featured on the new website Named for “Rhode Island Coastal Hazards, Analysis, Modeling & Prediction,” the site focuses on Analysis of Impacts, Modeling, Prediction System and Visuals. The site also includes descriptions of four case studies in which the tools have been used for real-world and simulated hazard impacts. For more information, visit

ICLR: An Impact Analysis for the National Guide for Wildland-Urban Interface Fires

Risk of fire in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is large and growing fast with climate change. An impact analysis of a new Canadian WUI fire design guide shows that building better in the WUI can save over 30 times the cost.

Read more here


Updates from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Report Release: Enhancing Community Resilience through Social Capital and Social Connectedness: Stronger Together!

The report explores three important applied research topics within the natural hazard mitigation and resilience realm:

  1. Inspiring Communities to Create and Sustain Social Capital and Connectedness
  2. Bolstering Community-Created Digital and Public Spaces
  3. Building Social Capital through Financial Investment Strategies

The National Academies will host a release event on June 30 to give an overview of the report and answer questions from applied researchers and funders interested in further investigating these topics.

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Read the report here

National Institute of Building Sciences and SPA Risk LLC: A Resilient Runway Will Save Portland Over 50 Times its Cost, and Benefit the Entire Community

Oregon will inevitably experience a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. This study estimates that protecting a Portland International Airport runway saves $50 per $1 spent in safety, faster return to homes and workplaces, and reduced business interruption and repairs.

Learn more here

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Eight Maine Communities Selected for Local Climate Change Planning Projects

Eight Maine communities have been selected to participate in pilot projects for local climate resilience planning, to help them prepare for the effects of climate change and develop climate planning models for towns and cities in Maine.

Read more here

ASCE Library: Exploring a Community’s Quest for Resilience: Struggling with Past Plans

This narrative policy analysis shows how applying different resilience definitions can result in different resolutions. The author uses a fictional account to explore how, in the search for resilience, a community devises a new trajectory while recovering from storm damage.

Read more here

Announcing New Homeland Security and Emergency Management Journal

The e-journal, called Pracademic Affairs, was created "to provide emergency management and homeland security practitioners a welcoming platform to write, explore, analyze, and examine real-world critical lessons learned to improve the resilience of our communities."

Read more here

FMIA and Waterloo University Release Listing of Flood Proofing Projects

The Flood Mitigation Industry Association (FMIA), 501c3, has published the first listing of flood barrier products as a part of the Waterloo University, Intact Center Program. It took a year to compile and vet all of the products on the list.

Download the list here


Announcing FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness

FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness aids the resiliency of U.S. communities by teaching responders to prepare for, and safely respond to, a wide range of natural and manmade disasters.

The advanced, all-hazards training is free and delivered on the CDP campus in Alabama, at sites around the nation, and online.

Learn more here

ICF and Pew Charitable Trusts: Flooding Impacts on Maryland’s Transportation System and Users

ICF conducted an analysis to quantify the toll that roadway flooding takes on a state transportation system and its users, with Maryland as an illustrative example. One key finding is that 78% of analyzed roadway flood incidents are located outside FEMA 500-year floodplains, indicating that flooding is not limited to mapped flood zones. A second key highlight of the study is the quantified economic impacts of flooding to roadway users, to communicate the value of infrastructure services. The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned this research but does not necessarily endorse the findings or conclusions.

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EESI Briefing Series: Modernizing the U.S. Energy System - Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward

EESI’s June briefing series will cover the energy system of tomorrow, modernizing America’s transmission network, and leveraging grid edge integration for resilience and decarbonization. Resilience to climate impacts will be discussed throughout the series. Visit the web page to watch the recordings and access additional resources.

Learn more here


Pacific Disaster Center: Partnering to Support Advanced Decision-Making in the EOC: The Hawaii State EMA Recently Formalized the Role of the PDC-Liaison in the EOC Command Structure

A recent update to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) standard operating procedures that formalized the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) technical support liaison within the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s (HI-EMA’s) incident command structure provides a replicable model for state and local agencies.

For more information, see: or contact Damon Coppola and Julie Greenly, PDC, at

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EDF Action Blog: New poll shows statewide, bipartisan support for investing in flood resilience in Virginia. Here’s what the state has underway.

Ahead of statewide elections in Virginia, EDF Action and Global Strategies Group conducted polling of likely voters on flooding, climate change and coastal resilience. Results show broad, statewide and bipartisan support for taking action to protect Virginia from future flooding.

Read more here


EDF Blog: Virginia is taking bold climate action to address flood risk across the state.

Virginians statewide are experiencing increasing flood risk and state leadership is working diligently to fund and implement risk reduction and resilience. Learn more about the Community Flood Preparedness Fund, which is accepting applications for its first round of funding through September 3.

Read more here

The Nature Conservatory: New Guide Promotes Nature-Based Hazard Mitigation

The Nature Conservancy and AECOM, an engineering firm, recently produced a guide designed to help communities develop nature-based projects that are eligible for FEMA funding and that help mitigate the risks of flooding and wildfire.

Download the guide here

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Book Announcement: Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy

The Wharton Risk Center is excited to share the release of Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy, edited by Carolyn Kousky, Billy Fleming, and Alan M. Berger.

In this book, coastal adaptation experts discuss the interrelated challenges facing communities experiencing sea level rise and increasing storm impacts and provides tools for evaluating necessary tradeoffs to think more comprehensively about the future of our coastal communities.

To purchase a copy from Island Press, which ships worldwide, use the code ADAPT for a 20% discount here: Check out other books by Risk Center Affiliated Scholars here:

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FEMA to Provide $1 Billion for Communities Through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program

As was recently announced, FEMA will post a funding notice this summer for the $1 billion that will be available through the agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.

The BRIC program provides a critical opportunity for governments to invest in a more resilient nation, reduce disaster suffering and avoid future disaster costs.

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Tulane DRLA Summer Institute to Focus on Disaster Equity

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is pleased to announce disaster equity as the theme for its summer institute.

Read more here

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Texas Sea Grant Hosts “Hazards Webinar Wednesday” Series

To build a culture of hazard preparedness in coastal communities, Texas Sea Grant developed a webinar series that brings resources to the public during the pandemic. Presentations from state and federal partners are followed by a Q&A session. Topics include insurance basics, resilient building codes, business continuity, and recovery programs. Visit the Texas Sea Grant Hurricane Season YouTube playlist and Facebook event page for past and upcoming webinars.

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The Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth and SustainChain™

The Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth (ACRE) is a partnership that unites the strength of member organizations through strategic communications and advocacy for an action agenda. ACRE is the collective voice for the alliance of member organizations in private industry, civil society, and academia. To improve the ability of organizations to collaborate, ACRE is deploying SustainChain™, a software platform developed by the U.S. Coalition on Sustainability. The platform uses artificial intelligence to match and support joint action across organizations. ACRE is developing an enhanced version focused on resilience.

Learn more here

AEM: Understanding Risk and Resiliency in Water and Transportation Infrastructure Sectors

Minimizing risk and maximizing resiliency is a focus of many critical infrastructure sectors. AEM’s PARRE tool helps water and wastewater utilities evaluate their risks to natural and man-made threats in order to understand where investments can see the greatest benefit. An expansion of the tool for the transportation sector is coming soon! Check out the benefits at

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International Code Council: Building Safety Month Celebrates Role of Building Codes and Building Safety Professionals

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety. With the campaign being strictly virtual this year, the International Code Council (ICC) hosted virtual events covering the themes of energy and innovation, training the next generation, water safety, and disaster preparedness. The month also featured the release of two ICC Pulse Podcast episodes covering opportunities to engage people of color in code development and enforcement and the importance of garage doors in building safety.

Learn more here

FEMA: Listen Now: Level Up Audio Project Season 2!

Season 2 of FEMA Region 9’s Level Up Audio Project is now available! Each episode features conversations with practitioners who share their stories in hazard mitigation and resilience.
This season explores tsunami resilience, mitigating extreme heat, multi-benefit solutions, and more!

On Safer Ground: Floodplain Buyouts and Community Resilience

Flooding is the most expensive and common natural disaster in the United States, and managing flood risk is critical to protecting homes, local and regional economies, and community well-being. On Safer Ground: Floodplain Buyouts and Community Resilience highlights how local governments across the United States are increasingly turning to buyouts as one strategy to cost effectively reduce flood risk, offer relief to residents, and potentially improve access to open space in urban areas. The report explores best practices for community resilience involving floodplain buyouts and models for partnerships with the private sector.

Read the report here

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FEMA: Building a Home that Stands Strong During a Hurricane

Check out one of FEMA’s latest blog posts, which tells the story of how Al Dintino and his family took steps to rebuild their home and mitigate against future risk after Hurricane Florence.

Read more here