The Resilient Nation Roundup | July 2021

JULY 2021

With the recent record-breaking heat scorching the country this summer, the Resilient Nation Partnership Network team recognizes the importance of advancing conversations around extreme heat. This month, we would like to highlight a few cities doing some great on-the-ground work to reduce extreme heat.

  • The city of Phoenix and American Forests: Earlier this year, the Phoenix city council voted to partner with American Forests, a Washington, D.C.-based conservation nonprofit, to create an equitable tree canopy across all its neighborhoods by 2030. The city has identified the busiest walking corridors where shade could provide important public health benefits and plans to plant 1,800 trees along nine miles of “cool corridors” each year. The city has also created an Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, which will pay for five new forestry staffers to plant and maintain urban forests.
  • The city of Richmond and Heat Watch: "Heat Watch," a project led by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, will send volunteers throughout 10 cities, including Richmond, to assess the relationship between surface air temperature and land uses, such as asphalt and green spaces. This is the largest heat assessment project yet and builds on a 2017 heat-mapping campaign in Richmond. "Heat Watch" hopes to study how extreme heat affects neighborhoods by mapping out and identifying "urban heat islands," or areas that are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas, with the goal to assess and combat the effects of extreme heat and climate change, which has drastic consequences for vulnerable communities.

Together, we can continue to explore creative solutions to advance mitigation and resilience solutions that work to correct decades of inequities. Let’s learn from this type of work to reduce extreme heat nationwide.

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network Team

Register Now for the RNPN’s Resilience Exchange: Social Resilience and Connectedness, July 28

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Join us for our next Resilience Exchange on Wednesday, July 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

It is clear that climate change and the impacts from natural hazards are disrupting community social structures. Join our esteemed panelists as we discuss social resilience and connectedness and how they can help a community better prepare and more effectively recover. We will address how social resilience is defined, ways we can remain invested in our community’s growth and sustainability, and how we can leverage partnerships to reduce the toll natural disasters have on the whole community.

These meetings are open to all. If you know of any organizations or individuals who would be interested in joining, feel free to spread the word.

Register here

Upcoming Events

Funding Opportunities

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: A new Gulf Research Program funding opportunity support programs that cultivate the next generation of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) leaders in the GRP’s geographic regions in the field of environmental justice (EJ). The deadline for submissions of full proposals is August 23, 2021.


Partner News

New Resource Available: Municipal Guidebook for Equitable Adaptation

Municipal Guide

A Municipal Guidebook of Equitable Adaptation is a reference platform at the intersection of climate change, equity and adaptation for the people and communities of Maine.

As a collection of resources, this Guidebook aims to provide readers with steps to center the community in environmental planning. Everyone has a role to play in adapting to climate change.

Read the guidebook here


FEMA: Whole Community Inclusive Economic Recovery Course

FEMA's National Training and Education Division has certified a brand new course titled "Whole Community Inclusive Economic Recovery," which is the first FEMA course designed to tie together the principles of whole community and economic recovery. It is now available to private, non-governmental and public sector organizations. It is a free course paid for by FEMA (no cost to participants), half a day long, and virtual. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course. 

Organizations can request a course to be scheduled on any date of their choosing, so long as there are 10-25 participants. To schedule a course delivery, please email

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. The book 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:

The Wharton Risk Center: Conversations about Climate Change and Insurance

Climate Convos

The Wharton Risk Center is hosting a series of conversations examining different topics at the intersection of insurance and climate change throughout the second half of 2021. We hope you will join us to discuss these issues ranging from the insurability of climate perils and the impacts on housing markets, to how insurers can promote decarbonization of the economy.

Learn more here

Notification of National Panel Review Results of Grant Applications for the FEMA NEHRP State Assistance Grant Program

With a review panel of NEHRP Subject Matter Experts, FEMA reviewed and scored 11 applications as it participated in the annual review of Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance competitive grant applications. Awards were made in July before the period of performance, which will run through July 31, 2022. For more information, reach out to Jon Foster ( or David Javier (

Learn more here

SILVER JACKETS WEBINAR: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Resilience Toolkit

The HUD Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) recently presented on its Community Resilience Toolkit, a user-friendly guide to help HUD recipients and stakeholders identify opportunities to use their CPD funding allocations to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards. The toolkit helps recipients of CPD funds learn how current and future natural hazard risks may affect their community. It also provides actions they can take to reduce those risks, particularly among low-income and vulnerable populations.

View previous webinars here

First Ever Virtual National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting

Earthquake Program Managers and Emergency Management Specialists from around the country participated in the National Earthquake Program Managers (NEPM) meeting. This annual event provided participants with a unique opportunity to collaborate and share best practices. We look forward to seeing many of the same faces, and some new ones, at the National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting next year in Memphis, Tennessee!

To learn more about the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, talk with Jon Foster ( or David Javier (

You can also visit these sites for additional information:

National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Updates from the Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS Cali Drought

Can the US Survive California’s Drought?

Smaller water supplies combined with increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and other effects of climate change pose an enormous threat by creating a feedback loop that exacerbates drought conditions and increases wildfire risk across the United States. 

Learn more here


USC Climate Crisis

We’re in a Climate Crisis. Congress Must Go Big on Climate Action Now.

The climate crisis is here and Congress needs to act now by cleaning up the power sector, electrifying the transportation sector, preparing and protecting communities dealing with climate change, and building a resilient and equitable food and farm system.

Learn more here

Environmental Defense Fund: Blog: Hurricane season is here. We need a national plan to protect our coastal communities.

The Biden Administration can take bold climate action by developing and implementing a national coastal resilience plan to establish shared goals and guide investments for solutions that protect our nation’s coastal regions. Here are four ways a national coastal resilience plan can protect coastal communities.

Read more here

New Website Announcement: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Textbook Companion Website

This new website, which is affiliated with Shoreline Risk and author Damon Coppola, is focused on academic texts and special topics in homeland security and emergency management.

Damon Coppola is an accomplished emergency management systems engineer who has bridged the gap between practice and academia through his ever-expanding catalog of emergency management textbooks.

Visit the website here

Natural Hazards Center: CONVERGE Training Modules Now Offer Continuing Education Credits


The CONVERGE facility, which is headquartered at the Natural Hazards Center, has partnered with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) to establish continuing education credits for the CONVERGE Training Modules. 

The CONVERGE Training Modules are free and available online. They are designed to accelerate the education of hazards and disaster researchers and practitioners. The modules cover a wide range of topics including social vulnerability, disaster mental health, cultural competence, Institutional Review Board procedures, emotionally challenging research, gender-based violence in fieldwork, and broader ethical considerations.

Learn more here

Peer-Reviewed Article: Disasters, community vulnerability, and poverty: The intersection between economics and emergency management

Working with the Georgetown EDM Department, Erik Wood's latest peer-reviewed article addresses if climate change will create more intense and frequent disasters, and if the vulnerability research that follows major disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, has resulted in increased resiliency of those who were the most vulnerable during that disaster.

Read more here


Peer-Reviewed Article: The practical use of social vulnerability indicators in disaster management

Working with the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (IJDRR), Erik Wood's peer-reviewed article addresses how as climate change focuses more frequent and intense disasters on vulnerable communities across the globe, mitigation and response resources need to be allocated more efficiently and equitably.

Read more here

RISE Challenge Youth Finalists Build Resilient Communities

Young people created positive change in their communities around natural hazards in Colorado, Montana, and Illinois through this year's RISE Challenge. The top projects won prize money and supplies to implement their change! Thanks to Earth Force, FEMA, Resilience Action Partners, and the ASFPM Foundation for supporting this year's Challenge.

Learn more here


Updates for ARISE-US

Pilot Town and City Users Sought Free Critical Asset Management Tool

ARISE-US, the U.S. chapter of ARISE, the UN DRR's forum for public-private collaboration in disaster risk reduction, is developing a free tool to enable towns and cities to inventory their critical assets and identify the links between them, so that the risk of cascading failures can be identified and managed in advance.  We need towns and cities to pilot test the GIS-based software, which we are currently developing.  If you would like your town or city to participate in this project, please contact

Insurance Industry/State and Local Government Symposium on Wildfire Risk

ARISE-US, the U.S. chapter of ARISE, the UN DRR's forum for public-private collaboration in disaster risk reduction, is planning to create a web-based symposium to run this fall on better ways to identify, quantify and manage wildfire risk.  We are aiming for high quality participation from the insurance, government and risk management sectors.  If you would like to be an organizer or a speaker for this event, please contact

Cities Must Plan for Heat Resilience Now

Summer has started in the Northern Hemisphere, but cities everywhere have already been impacted by unprecedented extreme heat and must plan for heat resilience now.

Authors Ladd Keith, University of Arizona, and Sara Meerow, Arizona State University, both work on urban planning and climate change issues.

Read the op-ed here

The American Institute of Architects: Architect’s Guide to Business Continuity

Floods. Cyber-attacks. The unexpected loss of a team member. This new guide from the AIA provides free guidance to design professionals and other service providers; helping firms become more resilient with a step-by-step process and accompanying worksheets for assessing and reducing risks associated with disruption.

Download the guide here


The American Institute of Architects: Adapting to Climate Change: Small Cities, Big Challenges

The American Institute of Architect’s Center for Communities by Design recently hosted a webinar, which we have posted online to watch on demand.

Northampton, Massachusetts, and Dubuque, Iowa, have frequently outperformed larger jurisdictions in issues of climate adaptation and equitable communities; in this webinar, they shared their insights for building the civic infrastructure and implementing strategies that communities need to succeed.

Learn more here

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Earthquake Brace + Bolt: FEMA Grants $24 million for EBB Residential Seismic Retrofits

Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) provides eligible California homeowners up to $3,000 toward a residential seismic retrofit to lessen the potential for earthquake damage. With FEMA’s help, EBB is creating more resilient communities, one house at a time.

Learn more here

ERA Endorses Biden Increase of BRIC Funding Administration Action That Doubles Mitigation Support to $1 Billion

In a letter to the White House, the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is indicating strong support for the Administration’s plan to immediately increase funding for FEMA mitigation initiatives. The proposed funding, to be distributed to state and local governments through the pre-disaster assistance Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, will double from $500 million to $1 billion.

Read more here

National Wildlife Federation: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change: An Assessment for the Texas Mid-Coast

The Texas Mid-Coast is an ecological treasure with its prized and productive wetlands, bays, and estuaries. This report provides a first-ever detailed analysis of what the latest climate projections mean for this region and how we can build its resilience moving forward.

Read the report here

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The new study published in Earth’s Future, AGU’s journal, finds that neighborhoods across the U.S. with more Black, Hispanic, and Asian residents experience hotter temperatures during summer heatwaves than nearby neighborhoods with more white residents. It is the first to show that the trend is widespread, even in small towns, nationwide. 

Read more here

The Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience (C2R2) Initiative: Building A Climate Resilience Corps for New Jersey

Coastal communities are increasingly threatened by severe weather. The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience initiative trains Rutgers graduate students to collaborate with local decision-makers and help vulnerable communities prepare for the impact of climate change.

The Climate Resilience Corps is developing and applying protocols linked to data within Rutgers decision support tools to help municipalities with hazard mitigation planning. Participating students include those in graduate programs in natural sciences, engineering, community planning, and public policy, including fellows in the Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience (C2R2) program.

To learn more, visit these sites:

Shoring Up the Jersey Shore

Climate Resilience Corps