The Resilient Nation Roundup | February 2024

February 2024

Partnering for Progress: Commemorating Black History Month Together

Please join the Resilient Nation Partnership Network as we commemorate Black History Month. Together, we recognize and honor the contributions of African Americans, celebrating their profound impact on culture, society, and history. Additionally, let's acknowledge their remarkable resilience in the face of challenges, not only this month but every month of the year.

To continued partnership,

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network 


Conferences 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 that have infrastructure dollars flowing to communities to build climate resilience.

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 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.

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FEMA: BRIC DTA Request Form Due Feb. 29

The deadline is approaching for communities and Tribal nations to receive free FEMA help with hazard mitigation planning and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) project support. Communities and Tribal nations that lack resources to begin climate resilience planning and designing projects have until Thurs., Feb. 29 to submit the form to request BRIC Direct Technical Assistance (BRIC DTA) which is tailored support to communities and Tribal nations through a range of activities and from pre-application to grant closeout.

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.

Consortium for Equitable Disaster Resilience: Research Study Invitation

The Consortium for Equitable Disaster Resilience (CEDR) is looking for participants 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. CEDR will compensate those who complete the study 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, participants will give brief answers to a question. Participants will then place 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. Participants 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 

Natural Hazards Center: Inclusive Emergency Alerts: Recommendations for Language and Disability Access

Addressing the diverse needs of the many people that make up a community can be challenging. Technical, logistical, and financial limitations can sometimes result in practices that cause some community members to work harder than others to stay safe during a disaster. Identifying these limitations and ways to address them is the first step in ensuring equitable risk protection for all.

This was one of the major takeaways from Inclusive Emergency Alerts for Colorado: An Assessment and Recommendations for Language and Disability Considerations, a recent report that examined how to improve the Colorado emergency alert system for people with limited English proficiency and those with auditory and visual disabilities.

The research, which was conducted at the direction of the Colorado legislature, explored best practices and made recommendations for improvement based on the feedback of more than 250 emergency personnel and decision-makers, as well as numerous public comments and an extensive document review.

Join experts from the Natural Hazards Center and the Colorado House of Representatives on March 12 at 1 p.m. ET as they discuss the findings of the report and how they can be applied beyond Colorado to develop more effective and equitable emergency alerts.

Register here

Sustainable Solutions Lab: Climate Adaptation at the Regional Scale: From Planning to Implementation

Climate Change challenges cross-cut political boundaries. How can communities, agencies, and non-profit organizations plan for climate change at the regional scale? Join experts on March 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET from across the country to learn about different regional approaches to move from planning to action.

Contact: Gabriela Boscio Santos, Associate Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab,

Register here

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency: Earthquake Summit 2024


Please join us for the 6th annual Earthquake Summit March 21 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri! This regional professional development conference will bring together hundreds of attendees to learn the latest about earthquakes in the Midwestthe risk, preparedness strategies, and recovery planning. Experts from across the country will lead sessions focused on the latest geology, best practices in earthquake planning and response, transportation technologies, hospital and health services response, communication strategies, hazardous materials challenges, and more. 

Learn more here

The Climate Reality Project: Leadership Corps Training in New York City

This April, join former Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project, and a line-up of exciting speakers for an inspiring leadership training focused on building a better future powered by clean energy. Join us in New York on April 12-14 for incredible conversations, skill sessions, and networking opportunities. You’ll learn what climate change means for you and get the know-how and tools to make a real difference.

Learn more here

BE.Hive: Behavioral Insights to Environmental Impacts


BE.Hive is a one-day interactive summit that brings together environmental changemakers, behavioral scientists, designers, and thought leaders to explore the role of behavior change in environmental challenges, including motivating community action on climate adaptation. This year’s event will focus specifically on the impacts achieved from applying behavioral insights across a variety of nationally relevant challenges. Register now to join Rare's Center for Behavior & the Environment on June 11 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C.

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Georgetown University: Interdisciplinary Examination of Landscape Architecture and Emergency Management in the Context of Climate Change Mitigation

It is widely agreed that successful climate change mitigation efforts will be multidisciplinary in nature, and compartmentalization of professions must give way to collaboration across many fields. This interdisciplinary research aims to examine the existing and potential synergy between the professions of landscape architecture and emergency management.

Read more here

The Undivide Project: Journal of Disaster Studies 

The Journal of Disaster Studies editorial collective is happy to announce the that inaugural issue will be published in June. We also invite submissions for our next several issues. If you work as a practitioner, researcher, or student of disaster studiesbroadly definedplease consider submitting an article. We'd love to see some interdisciplinary submissions.

Learn more here 

American Flood Coalition: Flood Resilience and Clean Water Go Hand in Hand


Though often viewed as separate issues, flooding and water quality go hand in hand. By pursuing both flood resilience and clean water together, communities can become cleaner, safer, and more resilient. 

Read more here

FLASH: 2024 National Disaster Resilience Conference: Resilience Reimagined Opens Call for Presentations

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) invites experts to submit presentations for consideration by the National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC24) committee. Set to take place from Nov. 20 - 22 in Clearwater Beach, Florida, the conference seeks to explore innovative approaches and programs that drive advancements in resilience policy, practice, science, and engineering.

NDRC24 features keynote presentations, discussion panels, spotlight topics, and stories of resilience that will help create more resilient buildings and disaster-resilient communities in the face of earthquakes, floods, hail, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural hazards. 

Abstracts are due Friday, March 29. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit the National Disaster Resilience Conference website or email

DRI International: DRI Releases 9th Annual Predictions Report


DRI International has published its annual Predictions Report resilience predictions for the profession, by the profession. The report provides an in-depth look ahead to major global issues that resilience professionals may deal with in the coming year.

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Building Financial Resilience: The Financial Impact of Climate Change on Second Home Ownership

The allure of second homes and rental income properties lies in their promise of both personal enjoyment and financial returns. However, the financial landscape for these real estate investments can take an unpredictable turn when a severe weather event strikes, leaving properties damaged and owners grappling with the ensuing financial repercussions. This blog post looks at the intricate web of consequences that unfold when a second home or rental property is rendered uninhabitable due to extreme weather.

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Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM): “Muted: Climate Marginalization in America” Documentary Released


“Muted” takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through the Deep South, where generations of local knowledge, history, and culture are threatened by climate change. This thought-provoking documentary explores the untold truths, hidden pain, and unshakeable fear that haunts rural, underserved communities across America.

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Union of Concerned Scientists: How Gas Plants Fail and Lead to Power Outages in Extreme Winter Weather 

What actually happens to gas plants, and the gas system writ large, that causes these large failures during extreme winter storms, as compared to other resources? This blog walks through some key causes of failure. 

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New Resources

New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center: Check Out the Latest NJ ADAPT Tool


NJ ADAPT is a suite of data visualization and mapping tools that provide critical support in planning for future climate conditions. The New Jersey Local Planning Navigator is one of the latest guided tools to help municipalities develop Climate Change-Related Hazard Vulnerability Assessments under the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law. 

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 as well as 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

The 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.

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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 that jurisdictions and individuals should use for successful evacuation operations. It represents the most innovative approach to addressing this complex issue to date.