The Resilient Nation Roundup | November 2023

November 2023

As we plan for the new year, we would greatly value your feedback to ensure we continue to deliver content that is impactful and actionable. What would you like to see from the RNPN? Are there any topics you think we should address? Please provide any feedback, thoughts and/or questions to us directly at

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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.

River Network: “Tapping Into Federal Funding” Hub

River Network’s new federal funding hub has info, resources and other materials to help you understand key federal programs whose infrastructure dollars are flowing to communities to build climate resilience.

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.

National Adaptation Forum: Crisis as Catalyst: Meeting the Moment with Transformational Investments


In the wake of a crisis, be it an extreme weather event, a pandemic or something else, shifting political dynamics can catalyze innovation and usher in possibilities previously deemed unimaginable. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum on Nov. 30 to learn about critical junctures in history, when opportunities to do the impossible became a reality.

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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 they 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 rollout 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.

FEMA began implementing the FFRMS in August 2021. This partial implementation uses existing regulations to reduce flood risk by increasing the minimum elevation requirements for structures subject to floodplain management requirements. However, the FFRMS did not expand the footprint of 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

FEMA Region 3: Coffee Break Webinar on Conducting a Risk Assessment

FEMA Region 3 hosts a webinar series for anyone who wants to reduce risk in their community. These hour-long “Coffee Breaks” occur every other month. They share mitigation best practices and highlight the work happening at the federal, regional, state and community levels to reduce risk in Region 3. 

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


The Pediatric Pandemic Network (PPN) aims to improve the disaster resiliency of health care systems and communities. It does this by working with children's hospitals and communities to provide high-quality and equitable care to children every day and in crisis.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Office for Coastal Management Video Explains Key Takeaways from 2022 Interagency Sea Level Rise Technical Report

new video shares the most up-to-date sea level rise projections for the United States, and encourages viewers to take some initial steps. The video highlights key takeaways from the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, with a focus on how coastal communities are affected. Viewers are asked to consider actions they can take within their communities. They are then directed to existing web tools to assess the timing and severity of local impacts from sea level rise. 

Resilient Virginia: Resilient Virginia Launches the Collaborative Alliance for Central and Southwest Virginia


With the support of the Institute for Sustainable Communities we are embarking on the launch of the Resilient Virginia Collaborative Alliance (RVCA) for Central and Southwest Virginia. The RVCA will bring the benefits of collaboration to communities working on resiliency planning. We will address service gaps in small, rural, non-coastal and disadvantaged communities.

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Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: Newly Updated ResilientMass Plan

The Healey-Driscoll Administration today released its Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan, known as ResilientMass Plan. In total, the ResilientMass plan details 142 actions across state agencies that are tracked publicly at Key actions include establishing an Office of Climate Science, making the state building code more resilient, and updating MBTA design standards.  

Read more here

FEMA: Tribal Mitigation Planning and Policy Update

FEMA is updating its Tribal Hazard Mitigation Planning Policy for the first time since 2017. FEMA aims to complete the updates in 2024; the new policy will take effect in 2025.

This is a key announcement because tribal governments—like state, local and territorial ones—must have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan to receive certain types of non-emergency FEMA funding. As of September 2023, over 230 federally-recognized tribal governments have approved plans.

To learn more about the policy, go to Tribal Mitigation Planning Policy Updates |

FEMA wants to hear from Tribal Nations about this update. Tribal Nations can send their comments and any questions to Please include the subject line “Tribal Mitigation Planning Guidance – Written Comments.” Feedback is due by Dec. 15.

FEMA: The Community Disaster Resilience Zone Designates 483 Community Disaster Resilience Zones


On Sep. 6, FEMA announced the initial designation of 483 Community Disaster Resilience Zones that will be eligible for increased federal and private support. This added support will help communities in these zones become more resilient to natural hazards. Designations of tribal lands and U.S. territories are coming soon. 

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Mennonite Disaster Service: Can Volunteer-Built Homes Meet the Fortified Gold Standard? 

Yes, volunteers can build disaster-resilient homes. With ever-evolving construction specifications, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is ramping up the resiliency of volunteer-built homes. 

In the last fiscal year, MDS built 73 homes, up from 57 the previous year. The homes are built to withstand 150-mph winds. 

New in the last few months: MDS volunteers will now build homes that meet the Fortified Gold Standard of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The standard is the highest designation for construction methods that work together to protect homes from severe weather. 

Ivan Shirk, who serves on the MDS Construction Committee, said the Fortified Gold Standard is not only about keeping homeowners safer, but also about honoring the donors who count on MDS to build resilient homes.

“It’s a very good selling point for funders,” Shirk said. “It’s the leading edge in disaster wind resilience.” 

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Union of Concerned Scientists: Ask a Scientist: Building on Advances in Scientific Integrity


Twenty years on from UCS’ work that redefined the term scientific integrity in the federal space, meet the new director of the Center for Science and Democracy and hear her vision for the future of their work. 

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Succor Solutions: Succor ArcGIS HUB

Succor Solutions is participating in the 2023 Census Bureau's Puerto Rico Opportunity Sprint, which will conclude with a minimal viable product the week of Dec. 12. Succor Solutions is currently designing two pilot Succor ArcGIS HUBs: one at the county level for Nottoway County, Virginia, (Succor Nottoway Virginia HUB); and one at the state/territory level for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Succor Puerto Rico HUB). Both of these sites are under development in a Census Bureau Sprint Competition, but we will publish the Demo wireframe Version on Nov. 13 for Global Entrepreneurship Week. 

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Disaster Recovery Institute: Register Now for the DRI International’s 2024 Resilience Conference


Registration is open for DRI2024, the premier event for resilience and business continuity professionals – coming to New Orleans, LA, March 3 - 6! This event offers in-depth educational sessions and unique networking opportunities. Save on early registration using code EB24.

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Resilient America: Resilient America Roundtable Meeting on FEMA National Resilience Guidance

Join this virtual meeting on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about FEMA's National Resilience Guidance from Catherine Welker, Emergency Management Specialist at FEMA. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback to FEMA representatives about the Guidance.

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Technical Assistance Available

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 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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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

Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Textbook Companion Website


This website, which is affiliated with Shoreline Risk and authors Damon Coppola, George Haddow and Jane Bullock, is a massive and regularly curated compendium of media, academic, government and other resources on emergency management and homeland security.

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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.

Learn more here 


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.

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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 use for successful evacuation operations. It represents the most innovative approach to addressing this complex issue to date.