The Resilient Nation Roundup | October 2023

October 2023

POSTPONED - Resilience Exchange: Innovation and Resilience Technology

The RNPN's Resilience Exchange on Innovation and Resilience Technology is postponed. Join us in November to learn from industry leaders and service providers about how innovative technologies can help boost equitable resilience for people, economies, and the built environment. Stay tuned for more information. 

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FEMA Events:

Conference and Workshops to Note:


NOAA: Climate Adaptation Partnerships Funding Opportunity: Southeast & Upper Northeast

The NOAA Climate Adaptation Partnerships (CAP) program is accepting applications for a maximum of one new team in each of the following regions:

  • Upper Northeast – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, western Massachusetts, upstate New York
  •  Southeast – Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida

Proposals can request up to 1 million a year for core CAP work, for a total of 5 million over five years. A minimum of $200,000 within the total budget must directly fund community-based organizations or local governments serving under-resourced frontline communities. Please read carefully through the materials provided in the funding opportunity and linked below. 

Letters of Intent are due: Oct. 30, 2023

The full application is due: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Learn more at the NOAA Climate Program Office 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 Nov. 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 toward 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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Seven Best Practices for Risk Communication

Tune in to the NOAA webinar on Nov. 2 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET to hear best practices, techniques, and examples for connecting with diverse audiences and local communities about hazards. Wherever you are in your effort to help communities prepare for hazards, applying risk communication principles will lead to more effective results.

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California Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications (OCPSC): Living with Extreme Heat 


The OCPSC launched a multilingual, multimedia campaign this summer to help communities at higher risk of extreme heat stay safer. OCPSC engaged 121 community-based organizations, ethnic media and other trusted messengers to reach the most vulnerable.

Learn more here 

FEMA Region 3: Coffee Break Webinar on the New Policy Guide Sets Record Attendance

On Sept. 20, FEMA Region 3 hosted the "Providing Clarity on the New Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance" Coffee Break webinar, which attracted 381 participants, marking the highest attendance in the series since 2017. FEMA Region 3 community planner Matt McCullough led the webinar and gave an overview of the policy elements, discussed expectations, and provided training opportunities. 

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Announcing the Climate Resilience Fund: Climate Smart Communities Initiative (CSCI)


The Climate Smart Communities Initiative (CSCI) is managed by the Climate Resilience Fund with EcoAdapt, Fernleaf, Geos Institute and The Inner City Fund (ICF) in collaboration with NOAA. CSCI aims to help FEMA Community Disaster Resilience Zone communities prepare for a climate resilient future.

Learn more here

FEMA Water Summit: An Overview of the Water Resource Conservation Plans in Puerto Rico

On April 27, FEMA's Community Assistance Branch of the Hazard Mitigation Division held a four-session Water Summit to emphasize the importance of water resource conservation in Puerto Rico. They addressed concerns such as stormwater management, landslides, sedimentation, riverbanks erosion, flooding, water quality, loss of natural coastal barriers, and climate change challenges in Puerto Rico. Over 449 participants attended the three initial virtual sessions.

Because of its geographic location, Puerto Rico is especially vulnerable to climate change. The island is becoming more susceptible to extraordinary rain events and frequent heat and drought spells. These issues cause a disproportionate impact on its economy and the livelihood of its residents.

During the fourth session on Oct. 20, FEMA and local partners will present an exchange of ideas. They will emphasize nature-based measures for climate change adaptation and mitigation to aid a resilient recovery in Puerto Rico.

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American Flood Coalition: North Carolina and South Carolina Use Budgets to Boost Flood Resilience 


Both North and South Carolina used their 2023 legislative sessions to adapt to stronger storms and more frequent flooding. The two states invested tens of millions in new funding to boost flood resilience, while complementing previous resilience initiatives.

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Natural Hazards Center: Making Mitigation Work Webinar Series

The Natural Hazards Center, in partnership with FEMA, is pleased to present the Making Mitigation Work Webinar Series. These are free one-hour webinars featuring innovative speakers and highlighting progress in mitigation policy, practice, and research.

Learn more here

Quantified Ventures: Optimize for Resilience: Cities Coordinate Four Key Elements During Urban Resilience Planning and Implementation


Conversations about how to pay for urban resilience initiatives are often delayed until the tail end of strategy development, which may be too late to make program development decisions that can unlock additional funding and financing. We outline four key elements that urban areas need to process and optimize at the same time to effectively manage and pay for resilience planning and implementation.

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Center for Community Investment: Climate Resilient Fast Track

The Center for Community Investment is now accepting applications for its Climate Resilience Fast Track to be held in spring 2024. The fast track seeks multi-sector teams who are looking to prepare their communities for a resilient and equitable future.

Learn more here

Disaster Recovery Institute International: Registration Open for DRI2024 Resilience Conference


Registration is officially open for DRI2024, the premier event for resilience and business continuity professionals. This event is coming to New Orleans from March 3 - 6, 2024! It offers in-depth educational sessions along with unique networking opportunities. Use code EB24 for early registration rates.

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American Society of Civil Engineers: Dallas’ Able Pump Station Recognized for Engineering Excellence

On Sept.19, the Engineering & Public Works Roadshow series made its third stop, in Dallas, to recognize the award-winning Able Pump Station. The roadshow is a partnership between the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). It highlights the meaningful, transformational work of engineers and public works professionals and encourages students and young professionals to pursue rewarding careers in engineering and public works.

Read more here

American Society of Adaptation Professionals: Join ASAP

Become a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals to access essential resources for climate change adaptation and climate resilience professionals. These include educational opportunities and peer learning groups. ASAP convenes more than a dozen peer learning groups on a monthly and quarterly basis on topics like nature-based solutions, funding and finance, policy, collaboration and more. 

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.

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FEMA: FEMA Publishes a Proposed Rule for Public Comment on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

FEMA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register for revisions to its floodplain management regulations at Title 44 Part 9 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands. 

This is a 60-day public comment period open from Oct. 2 – Dec. 1, 2023. The proposed revisions will fully implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). The FFRMS increases the resilience of federally funded projects by incorporating anticipated changes in future flood risk into certain federally funded projects to ensure that those projects last as long as intended.

The FFRMS applies to FEMA-funded actions involving new construction, substantial improvement or repairs to substantial damage, as well as to hazard mitigation projects involving structure elevation, dry floodproofing and mitigation reconstruction.

To support implementation of the FFRMS, FEMA has participated in interagency efforts to develop implementation tools such as the March 2023 FFRMS Climate-Informed Science Approach State of the Science Report and the August 2023 FFRMS Floodplain Determination Job Aid.

Since August 2021, FEMA has partially implemented the FFRMS. Partial implementation relies on existing regulations to reduce flood risk, increasing minimum flood elevation requirements for structures in areas already subject to flood risk minimization requirements, but not horizontally expanding those areas. The publication of the proposed rule does not affect FEMA’s current partial implementation of the FFRMS. For additional information on FEMA’s partial implementation of the FFRMS, please see the effective policies for Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Public Assistance

Union of Concerned Scientists: New Maps Show Inequitable Geography of Danger Season 


Altogether, extreme heat, floods, wildfires, and storms have affected most of the population in the United States and its territories since Danger Season started on May 1. In fact, as of Sept. 6, 96% of people in the U.S. have faced at least one of these alerts. But these impacts are inequitably distributed across the social and physical geography of Danger Season. 

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


Climate change smothered us in heat this season, here in the United States and across much of the world. But it has not affected us as equals: some of us can stay relatively safe and cool while many of us cannot and suffer instead. With summer largely over, a priority in the coming cooler months should be to use this respite to build equitable resilience to next year’s inevitable deadly heat. 

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. They empower communities to quantify local capacities and build resilience to disasters.

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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.

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New Resources

American Institute of Architects: Resilience Design Toolkit: Building a Foundation for Sustainable and Adaptive Architecture

The Resilience Design Toolkit is a guide specifically developed for architects to understand the steps to coordinate resilience studies for a project and a general method to integrate resilience thinking into a design process. The toolkit is a resource that provides relevant background information on the importance of resilience design and how to adopt or adjust a design method to fit a project’s needs.

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FEMA: Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) enhances the resiliency across the nation. 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 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