The Resilient Nation Roundup | March 2022

MARCH 2022

Student Showcase

Call for Student Pitch Submissions

The “Next Generation of Resilience” Student Showcase is back for its second year! On April 27, four student panelists will share their perspectives on this year’s theme: Adapting to Future Risk.

There are two goals for this event. Established professionals will be exposed to youthful, new ideas on natural hazard resilience and climate change. Students will also have the opportunity for their voices to be heard and network with professionals. All are welcome to attend this event. The audience will include RNPN partners, students, and professionals from across the country. To date, the RNPN has members from over 1,500 organizations. Register here.


  • Are you an undergraduate or graduate student, 18 years of age or older, or do you know a student who is a great fit for this opportunity? If so, please submit your pitch here by Friday, March 25. Four students will be chosen to sit on a moderated panel at this event.
  • Students can add this resume-building experience to employment and graduate school applications. We strongly encourage students from HBCUs or those working with tribal and territorial partners on resilience to apply.

Thank you for your support of this effort! We look forward to showcasing the great minds of tomorrow’s leaders. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email or visit our website.

Stay safe and well,

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network



  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Engaging Communities to Design Nature-based Solutions to Mitigate Climate-related Hazards: The Gulf Research Program seeks proposals from U.S. academia and nonprofit research organizations to partner with local/tribal governments in the Gulf of Mexico region or Southcentral Alaska to engage community stakeholders to adapt an existing project or design a new project that incorporates nature-based solutions to mitigate climate hazards.
    • Grant cycle opens: February 14, 2022
    • Deadline for submission of proposals: April 8, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Award selection and notification: June 2022
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Empowering K-8 Youth Through Place-Based Education Projects and Programs: The Gulf Research Program is seeking proposals that engage children and youth in place-based educational activities that will foster the development of the scientific and environmental skills, competencies, and capabilities that are critical to solving complex issues in the Gulf now and into the future.
    • Grant cycle opens: March 2, 2022
    • Deadline for submission of proposals: April 27, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Award selection and notification: July 2022

Partner News

RNPN: Resilience Exchange on Arts and Adaptation

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Join us as we discuss the connection between the arts and adaptation on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This event is open to all. If you know of any organizations or people who would be interested in joining, feel free to spread the word. Our featured speakers include:

  • Leona Agouridis, Executive Director, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (DC)
  • Jack Heide, Supervisory Community Planner, FEMA Region 2
  • Matthew Ché Kowal, Co-Founder, Majestic Collaborations
  • Mallory Rukhsana Nezam, Founding Director, Justice + Joy Consulting

Register here

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): U.S. Coastline to See Up to a Foot of Sea Level Rise By 2050 

According to a recently released NOAA-led report, the United States is expected to experience as much sea-level rise by the year 2050 as it witnessed in the previous hundred years. The Sea Level Rise Technical Report provides the most up-to-date sea level rise projections for all U.S. states and territories by decade for the next 100 years and beyond, based on a combination of tide gauge and satellite observations and all the model ensembles from the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Equal Justice Works Teams Up with National Partners to Host Disaster Resilience Awareness Month

March is Disaster Resilience Awareness Month, a collaborative awareness-raising and education campaign to highlight the important role legal professionals play in helping people and families navigate all kinds of disasters. Throughout the month, Equal Justice Works and our partners will be on social media sharing information, resources, and trainings for lawyers serving disaster-affected communities. We encourage you to join us there. Check out our #DisasterResilience content on Twitter, share your own community resources, and access our Disaster Resilience Awareness Month Toolkit for links, graphics, and shareable social media copy. 

View the Toolkit here

Smart Growth America (SGA): Climate-Informed Zoning – Measuring Economic Impacts in Norfolk, Virginia

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SGA and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are conducting a fiscal impact study of climate-informed resilience zoning in the coastal city of Norfolk, Virginia. As one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. for climate change and flooding, Norfolk has developed short- and long-term plans to address and prepare for climate hazards and sea level rise. To determine the economic impacts of Norfolk’s resilience zoning approaches, SGA will conduct a quantitative analysis, coinciding with a scan of similar resilience zoning initiatives in other cities and towns across the country. The fiscal impact study will highlight the relationship between financial housing market dynamics and climate-informed zoning, as well as policy considerations that cities can use to incorporate resilience zoning into their own future plans. For more information, please contact

International Code Council (ICC): The Financial Value of Building More Resiliency Into Residential Building Codes 

Modern building codes that include provisions for protection against earthquakes, flooding, wildfires and other natural disasters have no appreciable implications for housing affordability.The ICC has long held that stricter resiliency requirements for residential buildings do not automatically mean homes will become drastically less affordable. Over the past several years, a growing body of independent research has been reaching the same conclusion. Not only that, but researchers are also finding that resiliency is a desirable feature that buyers are willing — and even eager — to pay a little extra for. 

Journal of Emergency Management Article: Emergency Management and Education – Whole Community Resiliency Through The Buddy System

Globally, block-level vulnerability will continue to increase by the force-multiplying impacts of climate change. Therefore, innovative community policies and programs must galvanize every possible local asset to improve whole community resiliency. Today, in America, one of the most underutilized emergency management assets is the social capital contained in local education facilities. Through a focused review of literature available on this topic, this study will establish a plausible context within which a high school-based community buddy system can be proposed. All program recommendations are geared toward practical implementation and have national and international implications. 

Read more here

Update from the Union of Concerned Scientists

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Headwaters Economics: Mobile Homes Face Higher Flood Risk

There are 22 million Americans living in mobile homes, yet these communities are often overlooked by hazard planning efforts. Headwaters Economics found that, nationally, one in seven mobile homes is in an area with high flood risk, compared to one in ten for all other housing types. Our interactive map demonstrates the threat in every state. 

Read more here

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EDF Blog: The Sea Is Rising Faster Than Ever. How Can We Prepare?

The findings of the latest NOAA sea level rise report are stark, but they also provide an urgent call to action to protect vulnerable communities before it's too late. Here are five recommendations for where policymakers should start.

Read more here

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Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): The Climate Adaptation Fund Recently Released its 2022 Request for Proposals

WCS's Climate Adaptation Fund has released its request for proposals for the 2022 grant cycle. Our program supports projects that advance learning and scale effective climate adaptation interventions to help wildlife, ecosystems and people. The deadline to apply is April 8.

Learn more here


Metro Analytics and Alabama Transportation Institute: The Business Case for Resilience

Resilience can be difficult to define or frame. Different aspects of systems resilience sets the stage for implementation; however, a clear business case for resilience is lacking. This presents a business case framework to describe the scope, magnitude, and timing of investments in resilience with implementation framework.

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NOAA: Statement from NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad on the IPCC Climate Change 2022 Impacts Report 

The IPCC report offsite link is crystal clear: we must urgently reduce our emissions while also increasing our efforts to adapt to the impacts we can no longer avoid. “As NOAA Administrator, it is my goal to ensure that our agency is helping these decision makers build a Climate-Ready Nation that strengthens our resilience to climate change, which will help protect lives, lifestyles, and livelihoods. After all, if we hope to have a prosperous society and economy tomorrow, it must begin with climate action and adaptation plans made today."

Technical Assistance Available

Enterprise Community Partners: Climate Resilience Academies

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These regional, cohort-based learning opportunities are for multi-family affordable housing owners, operators and developers to engage with one another, content experts and local stakeholders to address the unique hazards of their region. Together, participants will identify critical vulnerabilities, offer solutions and technical assistance to improve portfolio resilience to future threats and incorporate community resilience strategies.  

The next regional academy launches in the Gulf Coast. Join the next virtual academy, Climate Risk 101: Protecting Affordable Housing in the Gulf, on April 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Following the Gulf region academy, we will focus on Funding Climate Risk Reduction for Affordable Housing on June 1 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Learn more here

FEMA: Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness enhances 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

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management and Public Safety: Lifelines, Logistics, and Supply Chain Awareness Training Course – Utilizing Logistics and Supply Chain Techniques to Rapidly Resource Recovery

Though relief supplies are often readily available within a community, they are often unobtainable due to deficiencies in strategic planning. This free, FEMA-certified, training program teaches participants to understand and apply logistics and supply chain techniques to rapidly resource recovery. For additional information, please email

Register here

New Resources

State Resilience Partnership Announces First-of-its-Kind Research on Statewide Flood Planning

The State Resilience Partnership’s subpage on statewide flood planning is now live! This page summarizes themes in flood planning, including those from our partners at the Urban Institute. For the perspectives of the Urban Institute, please refer directly to their new report, "State Flood Resilience and Adaptation Planning: Challenges and Opportunities." This report provides background and analysis on flood plans across all states, offers deep dives into select states’ planning processes, and gives recommendations for strengthening ongoing state flood planning efforts.  

NOAA: 2022 Interagency Sea Level Rise Technical Report

The most up-to-date sea level rise projections available for the U.S. were released in February 2022. An interagency effort produced the "Sea Level Rise Technical Report," which offers scenarios to the year 2150, as well as information communities can use to assess potential changes in average tide heights and height-specific threshold frequencies. The technical report also fills in data and information gaps for some rural and underserved regions. A podcast discussion about the report is also available.

Read the report here

Listen to the discussion here

DRI International and Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative: Leadership During Covid-19: New Report on Trends and Outcomes from DRI International and Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative


DRI International, the leading nonprofit in BCM/resilience training, has joined with Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative to develop a new report, “Covid-19: An Analysis of Leadership Styles and Outcomes.” This research uses the coronavirus pandemic to inform future preparedness efforts.

Learn more here

NOAA: Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper 

NOAA recently expanded its popular Digital Coast tool, the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper, an online visualization tool that supports communities that are assessing their coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities. The tool’s geography now includes the East Coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, and islands in the Pacific and Caribbean. 

The tool creates a collection of user-defined maps that show the people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. The user-defined maps can be saved, downloaded, or shared to communicate flood exposure and potential impacts. The tool also provides guidance for using these maps to engage community members and stakeholders in making decisions to mitigate flood risk. For more information, please contact 

Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN): Resilience Hubs. Implementation of Neighborhood-Centered Resilience

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Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities augmented to support community members, coordinate communication, distribute resources, and increase community cohesion while enhancing quality of life. Hubs are holistic and utilized year-round. They work at the nexus of resilience, emergency management, climate mitigation, and social equity while providing opportunities for communities to become more self-determining and successful before, during, and after disruptions. USDN’s Resilience Hub initiative is led by Kristin Baja who created the Hubs concept and has over a decade of experience working on Hubs. Organizations interested in working on proactive neighborhood-centered resilience are invited to visit or contact

Helpful Tools for Applying the 2022 Sea Level Rise Projections 

NOAA’s Digital Coast Sea Level Rise Viewer is used to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding and sea level rise. The API URL builder allows an advanced user to access and interact with the 2022 report data. This application builds a URL based off of inputed parameters that links to our various APIs. It can be used to make a link that returns data.

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NOAA: Digital Coastal Tool

The Coastal County Snapshots - Sea Level Rise focuses on county resilience in terms of current and future flood hazards, critical facilities, jobs, businesses and more. Explore the data and see it on a map, printable reports or in the form of an easy-to-understand handout.

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Interagency Sea Level Rise Scenario Tool

The Interagency Sea Level Rise Scenario Tool provides sea-level rise scenarios at individual tide gauge locations, scenarios on a 1-degree grid, regionally averaged scenarios for different coastal regions and observation-based trajectories out to 2050 at individual tide gauges. The tool allows users to download the underlying data.

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NOAA: Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Floods Tool

The Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Floods tool is available for communities to use the Quick Flood Assessment Tool to understand how flooding will affect stormwater systems today and in the future.