The Resilient Nation Roundup | September 2023

September 2023

Update on the RNPN’s Eighth Annual Partnership Forum 

FEMA has made the decision to reschedule the RNPN Forum for spring 2024. The Eighth Annual Partnership Forum on Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire will be held virtually in March 2024. Stay tuned for more information. 

To continued partnership, 

The RNPN Team 


FEMA Events:

Conference and Workshops to Note:


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 need 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 previously underserved communities have equal access.

The full application is due: Tuesday, February 13 2024.

Learn more at the NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge website

New Gulf Research Program (GRP) Funding Opportunity: Understanding Risk Factors Contributing to Climate-Induced Mental Health Impacts 

Applications are open for the GRP’s Gulf Mental Health Cycle 2: Understanding Risk Factors Contributing to Climate-Induced Mental Health Impacts funding opportunity. The deadline to apply is November 1.

Learn more here.

Partner News

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.

Earth Information Center: Earth Information Center at NASA Headquarters Opens to the Public

The Earth Information Center, an interagency physical and virtual space to engage the public and amplify the impact of Earth science, opened to the public on June 26. The Earth Information Center allows visitors to see how the planet is changing in ways that affect their lives and livelihoods. It is enabled by contributions across all NASA Centers and our founding partners –  Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Geological Society and U.S. Agency for International Development. Stop by NASA's Headquarters at 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m  and be sure to visit the immersive experience on the east side of the lobby!

Learn more here

American Flood Coalition Pilot: Scaling Agricultural Practices to Address Flooding


The American Flood Coalition (AFC) recently hosted a site visit to a family-owned farm in Guthrie Center, Iowa, where local partners are carrying out an innovative project to reduce flood risk on working lands.

Learn more here 

Resilient Housing Across the Americas: Watch the Newest Episode! 

To wrap up season 1 of Resilient Housing Across the Americas, check out the most recent episode, featuring a conversation between Claudia Monterrosa of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Dr. Elizabeth Hausler of Build Change. See additional resources on the episode on Build Change's Climate Resilient Housing Initiative platform. 

Learn more here

New from Ready to Recover Podcast Series


CREW released six episodes in the new Ready to Recover podcast series, which features guest experts discussing earthquake/disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery topics.

Learn more here

FEMA: FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on October 4. This test will reach millions of Americans. 

Learn more here

Sustainable Solutions Lab: Lessons Learned Presentation: How We Adapt on the Road to Climate Adaptation (Hybrid Forum)


Climate change adaptation is characterized by flexibility in the face of crisis. Learn from our expert panel as they reflect on the challenges they’ve encountered in projects and how they can inform our next steps as a community of practice. To register for the 9 a.m. - Noon in-person or virtual presentation, visit this webpage. 

FEMA: Protect Your Corner of the World This Hurricane Season with Flood Insurance

Too many people think flooding only happens somewhere else—or to someone else. However, where it can rain, it can flood. Only one inch of water can cause roughly $25,000 in damage. Protect your home or business from unexpected flood damage with flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. Take action today and find an insurance provider.

For the past four years, hurricanes have caused above-average flooding. Hurricanes have been intensifying in recent years and so too has the cost of recovery. No matter if you own or rent your home, have a plan to protect your belongings and get a flood insurance policy.

Those who have flood insurance policies have peace of mind, knowing they’re covered this hurricane season. Help support and protect your community: get involved in the 2023 hurricane season campaign and use the resources available on to share with your networks.

Learn more here

Disaster Central: Transforming Disaster Preparedness With Next-Generation Functional Needs Registries


Disaster Central's mission and vision represent a bold step towards a more resilient future. By placing community-centric approaches, user-generated data, and cutting-edge technology at the forefront, it is reshaping the way we prepare for disasters. It offers Next-Generation Functional Needs Registries, which hold the promise of a safer, more connected, and better-prepared society. As we face an uncertain future filled with challenges, Disaster Central shows us the path forward—where preparation meets innovation, and resilience becomes a collective endeavor. Together, we can build disaster-resistant communities that protect every member, regardless of their unique needs or vulnerabilities.

Read more here

Kim Lundgren Associates: Clark County, Nevada, Goes All-In on Climate Resilience

The new All-In Clark County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan includes a focus on a Resilient and Healthy Community. The plan, informed by a Climate Vulnerability Assessment, addresses how to protect the region’s economy, infrastructure and human health in the face of climate hazards.

Learn more here

National Disaster Resilience Conference: National Disaster Resilience Conference to Convene Nations’s Experts – Agenda Now Available

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The National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC23) is pleased to announce the dynamic 2023 agenda featuring disaster safety and resilience experts is now available. The conference will take place November 6-8 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Learn more here for registration and other details

Environmental Defense Fund: The Impact of Storm Surge Barriers on Estuaries and Ecosystems

Guest author Philip Orton discusses his research on the increased use of storm surge barriers and resulting ecological impacts in a new blog post by Environmental Defense Fund.

Read more here

FEMA: FEMA Kicks Off “From Policy to Action” Mitigation Planning Webinar Series  


FEMA’s National Mitigation Planning Program kicked off a new webinar series, From Policy to Action. The first webinar covered planning for climate resilient communities. It reached over 350 people across the country. Camille Manning-Broome from the Center for Planning Excellence in Louisiana, presented a local planning perspective. Quentin Cummings from FEMA’s Office of Resilience Strategy discussed climate tools and resources, and Shubha Shrivastava from FEMA Mitigation Planning presented the policy requirements for including climate impacts in mitigation planning.  

NASA: NASA's Air Quality Data Pathfinder

Tracking air quality requires a combination of airborne, ground, and satellite-based data, along with the tools and applications for using and working with these data. The NASA Air Quality Data Pathfinder is your gateway for working with data related to air quality from NASA and other agencies.

Read more here

Union of Concerned Scientists: Boston-Area Communities Work Together to Beat the Heat 


The Chelsea & East Boston Heat (C-HEAT) project began in 2020, through partnership between researchers at Boston University School of Public Health and GreenRoots. The aim was to build capacity for Chelsea and East Boston residents and municipal governments to respond to extreme heat events.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Extreme Heat Makes Electricity More Expensive, More Polluting, and Less Reliable 


Extreme heat has hit hard lately from coast to coast and beyond, and it's a major way Danger Season has shown up this year. Communities from the Northwest to the Southwest to the Southeast and Puerto Rico are under heat alerts. The direct health impact of heat stress is bad enough, and dangerous. But extreme heat also hits our electricity system in ways that make it more expensive, more polluting, and less reliable.

Read more here

Technical Assistance Available

The National Economic Research and Resilience Center (NERRC)


NERRC data tools, including the National Economic Resilience Data Explorer and the Economic Development Capacity Index, combine the scientific power of the lab with community data, empowering communities to quantify local capacities and build resilience to disasters.

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 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 FEMA, 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

New Resources

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

The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC): Extreme Heat Public Information Campaign


The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) has created an extreme heat public information campaign with free outreach materials. 

Learn more here