The Resilient Nation Roundup | August 2023

August 2023

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NOAA: Climate Resilience Regional Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity Released!

NOAA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Climate Resilience Regional Challenge. This provides approximately $575 million in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to invest in holistic, collaborative approaches to coastal resilience at regional scales.

The competitive funding can be used to increase resilience to extreme weather events (e.g., hurricanes and storm surge), as well as address longer-term, chronic climate hazards (e.g., sea level rise, erosion, heat stress). Projects funded under the challenge needs to consider four overarching priorities: risk reduction; regional coordination and collaboration; equity and inclusion; and enduring capacity. The approach for these grants emphasizes integrating NOAA’s scientific and technical expertise with on-the-ground efforts. It will ensure that equal access is provided to previously underserved communities.

Due Dates: For the letter of intent: Monday, August 21. For the full application: Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

Learn more at the NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge website

National Wildlife Federation: Nature-Based Solutions Funding Database

As natural hazards like flooding and drought increase in intensity and frequency each year, communities face the growing pressure to develop and implement plans that protect vulnerable communities, infrastructure, natural habitats and farmland. Nature-based solutions offer a cost-effective, long-term approach to addressing environmental issues like polluted water, eroded soils or degraded habitats, while considering social and economic outcomes. While there are several funding sources for nature-based practices, this database focuses on federal funding and technical assistance programs.

Partner News

RNPN: Thank You to Everyone Who Attended July Partner Connect!

During our July Partner Connect, we heard from Island PressFlood Mitigation Industry Association, and Coalition of Community Organizations. We discussed how they promote climate resilience in their communities and what partnerships could help them expand capacity. This interactive session aimed to create lasting resilience partnerships across the whole community.

Please email if you are interested in presenting at a future Partner Connect event. 


Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire


Do you have a story to tell? We want to learn more about your journey towards climate resilience. Sharing your wins and challenges can help others learn from your experience. You can submit photos, video, audio, text or art about your resilience journey.

Are you ready to share? Visit our Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire website for more information.

National Adaptation Forum: The 6th National Adaptation Forum


The 6th National Adaptation Forum will be held from May 14 to 16, 2024, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with the Call for Proposals opening on August 28, 2023. The forum provides adaptation professionals with the opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking through facilitated sessions, training, and working groups.

Learn more here

The Undivide Project: Help Build a New Research Tool

The Undivide Project and our university partners need your help building a new tool - a research hub to help emergency managers, climate scientists, policymakers, insurers, and other organizations interested in providing better support to communities.

Our goal is to present a new way to address the problem of how communities, particularly BIPOC and rural ones, are overexposed to climate risk but lack accessible and helpful information to mitigate that risk due to being divested from critical digital infrastructure. 

Want to help us build it? Please take our survey and join our research collaborative. We especially want to hear from emergency managers and resilience professionals in the Gulf South and Mid-Atlantic regions

Take survey here

FEMA: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Stakeholder Engagement Effort


FEMA is excited to kick off the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) 2023 Stakeholder Engagement Effort! Be part of the conversation and help inform continuous improvement of the BRIC grant program and offer benefits to process improvements across FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Take the online survey and share your insights. We value your feedback! The deadline for all submissions is August 31.

Learn more here

DRI International: Make Your Voice Heard: Take the DRI International Risk and Resilience Survey

Help shape the resilience profession by taking DRI’s annual survey. You’ll be creating useful information for yourself, your peers, the media, analysts, and everyone concerned with resilience. This year includes a new section on environmental, social and corporate governance.

NOAA CAP/RISA: Pacific RISA team publishes the 5th Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) report on the Federated States of Micronesia


Climate Change in the Federated States of Micronesia: Indicators and Considerations for Key Sectors, is the fifth report prepared by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA). PIRCA provides guidance for decision-makers to better understand how climate variability and change impact the region.

Contact: Zena Grecni (

Learn more here

Tech-Enabled Community Resilience: Mapping Our Social Fabric Summit

Tech-Enabled Community Resilience is focused on harnessing the power of community networks to influence outcomes. Blending data science with the right technology gives communities a platform to pilot rapid innovations, simulate conditions, forecast outcomes, and build strategies to tackle entrenched problems. This summit on September 15 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET brings together thought leaders and change makers in community ecosystems. When faced with opportunity or adversity, community-led efforts start and end with on-the-ground innovation and inclusion. The power of community is the future face of resilience in a rapidly changing world. Register for the summit here.

Please contact for more information or any questions. 

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Resident-Owned Communities: Drainage Overhaul Keeps Floods Out of ROC


Pasadena Trails Resident Owned Community, Inc., in Pasadena, Texas, worked hard to alleviate flooding in its 127-home community, cleaning the drainage ways and installing new plumbing to prevent build up from blocking the draining water. This was instrumental when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017 because the resident-owned community (ROC) did not flood. 

Learn more here

Union of Concerned Scientists: Danger Season and Deadly Heat Mean National Parks Are No Longer a Summer Respite

During Danger Season, we can count on killer heat to be a constant presence in many parts of the country, as this year is showing us. On top of that, the many extreme events that have the potential to happen during the hottest months of the year—hurricanes, extreme precipitation, flooding, drought, and wildfires—can all negatively affect the natural and built environment of national parks.

Read more here

Environmental Defense Fund: Why Every State Needs a Chief Resilience Officer


Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity, and it’s clear we need robust solutions across all levels of government. Makenna Cavanaugh, EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds Federal Affairs Intern, discusses the benefits of establishing a state-level Chief Resilience Officer.

Learn more here

Technical Assistance Available

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: New Online Training Module: Preparing for Effective Risk Communication


Explore steps to develop a risk communication strategy to meet the needs of your specific audience. Learn to listen more effectively, share information appropriately, and build relationships for improved conversations. Get tips on how to respond when asked a difficult question.

Learn more here

American Society of Adaptation Professionals: 2023 Climate Service Providers Academy

Hosted by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, this virtual academy will give you the tools you need to develop higher-quality climate services and help your business succeed in the rapidly evolving climate services marketplace.

Learn more here

Environmental Protection Agency: "Creating Co-Benefits Through Hazard Mitigation Planning and Water Resource Management" Training


EPA’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) program, alongside EPA’s Watershed Academy, is excited to announce the release of a web-based training titled “Creating Co-Benefits Through Hazard Mitigation Planning and Water Resource Management.” This training, developed with review and feedback from partners at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supports water quality and hazard mitigation professionals in integrating water quality issues, water resource management, and nature-based practices into state or local hazard mitigation plans (HMPs). Modules in this series can be used as training tools to help planners from both worlds explore activities of mutual interest and benefit. Case studies and real-world examples show planners how to connect with water resource programs through hazard mitigation planning and help watershed planners understand the synergies between water resource plans and HMPs.

Learn more here

FEMA: Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) enhances the resiliency of U.S. communities. It teaches responders to prepare for and safely respond to a wide range of natural and man-made 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

New Resources

Association of State Floodplain Managers: No Adverse Impact Legal Guide


The ASFPM Flood Science Center, in partnership with the No Adverse Impact Policy Committee, has developed a comprehensive legal resource for floodplain management. The No Adverse Impact Legal Guide for Flood Risk Management provides legal essentials for floodplain administrators, elected officials, and planners, as well as detailed case law for the legal professionals who represent them.

Learn more here

FEMA: Building Community Resilience With Nature-Based Solutions


When designed the right way, nature-based solutions (NBS) can absorb floodwaters, reduce a wildfire’s intensity, and lower air temperature. “Building Community Resilience With Nature-Based Solutions: Strategies for Success” is a user-friendly resource. It includes case studies, infographics and practical tips. It also covers five key strategies to set community leaders up for success in their NBS projects—even if they are new to them. ​​


American Society of Civil Engineers: ASCE Releases "Pathways to Resilient Communities": A New Toolkit for Local Policymakers

American Society of Civil Engineers developed Pathways to Resilient Communities: Infrastructure Designed for the Environmental Hazards in Your Region to help guide community leaders on what design standards are available to boost resilience.

This new resource is meant to act as a plain-language guide for federal, state, and local leaders as they seek out standards, best practices, data, and strategies that can be implemented to safeguard communities across the country from increasingly severe weather events.

Read more here


San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative: San Diego Region Coastal Resilience Roadmap

Through six guiding principles, this Coastal Resilience Roadmap takes a deep dive into the past, current, and future actions that the San Diego region has taken to address sea level rise and its adjacent impacts.

Learn more here


California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services: “Integrated Evacuation Planning for Jurisdictions and Individuals With Access and Functional Needs” Resource

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services developed the Integrated Evacuation Planning for Jurisdictions and Individuals With Access and Functional Needs resource in partnership with community stakeholders, local jurisdictions, and community-based organizations to address inclusive emergency evacuation planning. 

The resource provides a scalable, forward-leaning and comprehensive approach jurisdictions and individuals should implement for successful evacuation operations and represents the most innovative approach to addressing this complex issue to date.