The Resilient Nation Roundup | January 2024

January 2024

Welcome to 2024, A New Year Full of Possibilities for Partnership! 

As we embark on a new year, with new professional goals, we are reminded of the power of partnership. Thanks to your support last year, the Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) hosted several events on topics such as climate equity, agricultural resilience and nature-based solutions. We also hosted our first Partner Connect event and collected more stories for our multi-year initiative, "Stories of Resilience." 

We are inspired in 2024 to connect communities across the country with one goal: building a more resilient nation. We want to learn more about your journey toward resilience. We hope you will share your wins and challenges with us to help others learn from your experience.

Join us in March for our Eighth Annual Partnership Forum, "Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire." The Forum will be held every Wednesday in March from 1 to 3 p.m. ET. Registration for the Forum will open soon.

We thank you for your continued partnership. We look forward to another exceptional year of collaborative action! 

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network 

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Conference and Workshops to Note:


NOAA: Resilience Financing Resources on the Digital Coast

Find materials to understand project funding and financing basics; case studies of lessons learned; tips for exploring funding and financing options; and links to a webinar series with discussions on stormwater credit trading, revolving loan funds, and more.

Learn more here

River Network: “Tapping Into Federal Funding” Hub

River Network’s new federal funding hub has information, 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.

Consortium for Equitable Disaster Resilience: Research Study Invitation

The Consortium for Equitable Disaster Resilience (CEDR) invites you to take part in a research study. This study seeks to identify what barriers prevent underserved populations from getting the help they need to recover from disasters. 

This project involves two main groups: 1) members of grassroots community organizations, and 2) stewards of disaster aid (those who hold, authorize and channel disaster funds). You are being invited to take part as a steward of disaster aid. If you complete the study, we will compensate you with a $100 electronic cash gift card at the end of the study. In all, the study will take less than 2.25 hours. This time will be spaced over eight weeks with three different phases.  

For this study, you will give brief answers to a question. Participants will then place your answers in groups based on meaning and rate each response on different scales. 

The results of this study will help create a curriculum that also draws from the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. We will share results of the study at 

If you wish to take part, please click this link. This will direct you to the consent form. Once you have filled out the form, you will receive directions on how to complete the study. You are free to leave the study at any stage without any penalty.   

If you have questions, contact Regardt Ferreira at 

To speak with someone who is not directly involved in the study, contact the Tulane University Human Research Protection Office at 

CREW: A New Podcast About Disaster Recovery of Small Businesses


The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) released a "Ready to Recover" podcast about disaster recovery challenges and solutions for small businesses. Four guest experts discuss the issues, including post-disaster financing and insurance. Visit or listen via podcast apps.

Learn more here

FEMA: National Engagement  Draft "Climate Adaptation Planning Guidance for Emergency Managers" for Review

FEMA is seeking feedback on the draft guide “Climate Adaptation Planning Guidance for Emergency Managers.” The guide helps emergency managers incorporate climate adaptation into emergency management planning efforts. A line-numbered version of the draft guide is available to allow individuals to provide comments on specific areas within the document. Use the feedback form to capture any recommendations. Please provide any comments or recommendations by close of business on February 9. Send feedback or any questions via email to

FEMA will also host 60-minute webinar sessions on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. ET and Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the draft guide and gather feedback from whole community partners. The sessions will include facilitated discussions with stakeholders to help improve the draft.

Learn more here

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program: Stories of Flood Resilience and Recovery With Flood Insurance


FEMA and its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) recently published three new Success Story videos. These videos document the real-life experiences of individuals who recovered from major flooding events in University City, Missouri; Detroit; and Camano Island, Washington. The recordings are available in both English and Spanish. You can view them through the Resource Library and on YouTube.

For up-to-date information and resources, sign up to receive email updates from the NFIP and follow us on LinkedIn.

Learn more here

American Flood Coalition: Year in Review

This year marked another step forward for flood resilience! The American Flood Coalition recaps resilience achievements from the last year and prepares for the challenges ahead. 

Read more here

Fugro: Supporting Coastal Resilience Efforts in Florida With High-Resolution Data of the Coastal Seafloor


As part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Seafloor Mapping Initiative (FSMI), a multiyear program to bolster coastal resilience, Fugro is helping Florida become more resilient and ready for the next disaster through a state-of-the-art data collection effort along the entire East Coast. Geodata developed under the FSMI will help inform critical climate adaptation strategies, including infrastructure development and maintenance; habitat mapping; environmental restoration; emergency response; coastal hazard studies; and more.

Learn more here

FEMA Region 3: Connecting Funding Opportunities to Mitigation Actions Coffee Break 

Mitigation actions are one of the most important parts of a hazard mitigation plan. They help to assign responsibilities, create timelines, and set criteria for success. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Program provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. This webinar will explore various funding opportunities, the projects they can support, and mitigation alternatives.

Register here 

Tetra Tech: Voluntary Home Buyout Program (VHBP)


To increase community resilience, Monroe County, Florida, participated in a HUD-funded VHBP and acquired 19 storm-damaged, flood-prone properties. The parcels were converted to deed-restricted public open space, allowing ecosystems to adapt while reducing negative impacts to lives and property.

Learn more here

FEMA: FEMA Seeks Volunteers for Virtual BRIC National Review Panels

FEMA is seeking volunteers from state, local, tribal and territorial governments and other federal agencies to participate on the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) virtual national review panels. Participation in these panels will strengthen the BRIC review process by ensuring it is transparent, equitable and inclusive. 

The agency is accepting Expression of Interest forms until Feb. 15. These volunteers will leverage their mitigation experience and expertise to determine how subapplications meet BRIC qualitative evaluation criteria.

The virtual panels will run from April 8 to May 3 on Zoom. Panelists will serve 30 hours on one weekly panel from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, as well as participate in a three-hour training.

FEMA anticipates that panel participants will commit eight hours a day over the course of five business days. All reviews will be conducted virtually, and there is no compensation for participating on the panels.

For more information, visit the BRIC homepage on

Monongalia County Health Department: Raising the Bar: The West Virginia Stop the Bleed Verified Instructor Initiative


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Stop the Bleed program has trained over three million people globally in bleeding control skills since 2015. In northern West Virginia, the Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD) and West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) have been actively promoting and teaching Stop the Bleed (STB) courses. Recognizing the importance of standardization and verification of STB instructors, MCHD and WVUH introduced the West Virginia Stop the Bleed Verified Instructor program in November 2023. The program aims to deliver ACS STB courses effectively and coordinately, ensuring high-quality equipment and instructors that are verified by the WV Committee on Trauma. While not mandated by ACS, this verification program seeks to enhance the capabilities of STB instructors in West Virginia and ensure effective teaching by knowledgeable instructors.

Please reach out to for more information.

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3 Sided Cube: The Impact of AI to Reduce Risks of Disasters Survey

The number of disaster events is projected to reach 560 a year – or 1.5 disasters a day – by 2030. Every $1 invested in making infrastructure disaster-resilient saves $4 in reconstruction (UNDRR).

Our aim for this survey is to get a pulse on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in forecasting, risk mitigation, preparedness, and response to disasters; AI has the potential to change millions of lives for the better. We are surveying trailblazers, early adopters, and the AI-curious in the disaster risk reduction (DRR) space to generate a report to showcase the findings. By joining forces, we can champion the use of big data and AI in DRR. We can also encourage cooperation and widespread adoption to help save more lives.

We intend to promote the key findings via a downloadable report. We will also shout from the highest mountaintops, a.k.a. our social platforms, YouTube, paid search, website, and all the marketing channels. We will share all assets with marketing teams for those participating and across the RNPN to further spread the word. Together, we can generate some noise around what an incredible tool AI is in the DRR space.

Please reach out to for any additional information.

Take the survey here

FEMA Region 8: Unified Federal Review Regional Coordinators Spring 2023 Workshop, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Joint Recovery Office


We are now approaching the 10-year anniversary of the Unified Federal Review, or UFR (Section 429 of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, or SRIA). Clearly, its tenets relating to all aspects of federal disaster response, recovery, and mitigation are now more important than ever. FEMA’s UFR cadre is committed to collaborating with Regional Steady State Interagency Recovery Coordination teams and the National Disaster Recovery Framework.

The recent Puerto Rico workshop focused on the importance of the UFR within FEMA and to our partners. We thought broadly about planning and engagement with members of the SRIA memorandum. We examined the UFR’s inherent value and how to better involve and support other federal agencies in the process of disaster recovery as they embrace their UFR responsibilities. Other agenda items included improving UFR implementation at the regional level and learning from Puerto Rico’s recent disaster experience. Our group left the workshop embracing the notion that disaster recovery involves more than one federal agency, and that we have a leading role in effectively establishing interagency collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

Patriot Energy Systems: "Designing Solutions for the AG and Farming Industries" Summary

Important takeaways from the article:

  • Maintaining food systems is critical to achieve development goals in nearly every other industry.
  • Farming and agriculture may be the most important tool to end poverty.
  • The AG industry is a source of income.
  • The AG industry has limited access to dependable grids and has little to no access to utilities, especially in remote areas.
  • Land, water and power are the most important and interdependent farming resources.
  • Renewable power can help decrease the cost of accessing, purifying and transporting water.
  • Farming requires large amounts of power (250 kilowatts up to 1 megawatt).
  • There is a need for farming facilities to move “grids” on a “no-notice” basis.
  • Modern AG does not have a reputation of being environmentally aware.
  • Using mobile electrical generators powered by renewable energy can reduce the cost per watt of power sources.

To receive a copy of the article at no charge, please contact Thomas Quinlin at

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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 serve as training tools to help planners from both fields 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. They also 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

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.

Learn more here

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, as well as 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 (ASCE) 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 to implement 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 that  jurisdictions and individuals should use for successful evacuation operations. It represents the most innovative approach to addressing this complex issue to date.