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National Initiatives on U.S. Resilience and Sustainability


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Climate Change Could Become a National Security Risk, Report Says

CLICK HERE - Office of the Director of National Intelligence - Implications for US National Security of Anticipated Climate Change

CLICK HERE - The White House - Presidential Memorandum - Climate Change and National Security - by Associated Press - September 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — A government report released Wednesday said climate change is likely to pose a significant national security challenge for the U.S. over the next two decades by heightening social and political tensions, threatening the stability of some countries and increasing risks to human health.

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President Obama Launches Climate Tools Including 3-D Maps - by Wendy Koch - July 16, 2014

As part of his plan to help U.S. communities prepare for climate change, President Obama is unveiling initiatives Wednesday that include 3-dimensional mapping to better identify flood risks, landslide hazards and coastal erosion. . .

. . . The U.S. Geological Survey is launching a $13 million 3-D Elevation Program to develop advanced mapping that it says could, among other things, make it quicker to update flood maps and easier to find ideal sites for wind turbines and solar panels. It's relying on lidar (light detection and ranging) technology that uses light from lasers to give the elevation of any spot — from the tree tops to the ground.


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Webinar - National Resilience Dashboard Task Force Initiative

February 11, 2014

CLICK HERE - Webinar and Slideshow - National Resilience Dashboard Task Force Initiative


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Federal Climate Change Expenditures - Report to Congress - August 2013

The following is an accounting of Federal funding for climate change programs and activities, both domestic and international, included in the fiscal year (FY) 2014 President’s Budget.

Federal Climate Change Expenditures - Report to Congress (48 page .PDF report)

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Executive Order -- Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary - November 1, 2013


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows:

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C-CERTs Allow Colleges to Take Quick Action During an Emergency

Photo - Eckerd (Fla.) College Emergency Response Team

submitted by Samuel Bendett - by Lauren Katims - May 8, 2013

When disaster strikes on or near a college campus, local first responders don’t always have the staff or resources to help immediately — especially when the campus is as big as a small city.

That’s why thousands of students, faculty and staff on campuses nationwide are being certified to help.

Campus Community Emergency Response Teams (C-CERT) are modeled after the national Community Emergency Response Team program, which educates civilians about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills like fire safety, search and rescue, team organization and basic medical operations.


Making Communities More Resilient to Climate-Induced Weather Disasters

submitted by Samuel Bendett - February 18, 2013

Mounting scientific evidence indicates climate change will lead to more frequent and intense extreme weather that affects larger areas and lasts longer. We can reduce the risk of weather-related disasters, however, with a variety of measures. Experts say that a good strategy should include a variety of actions such as communicating risk and transferring it through vehicles such as insurance, taking a multi-hazard management approach, linking local and global management, and taking an iterative approach as opposed to starting with a master plan.


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New Focus on National Resiliency Needed, Says Report

submitted by John Wysham - by David Perera - August 9, 2012

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

Some federal polices have created unintended negative consequences for resiliency

A focus on resiliency should replace a disaster response status quo that will prove increasingly costly in lives and expenses, says an Aug. 1 report from the National Academy of Sciences.

The report, sponsored by a swath of federal agencies and researchers, calls for community-driven and top-down resiliency measures, including community resiliency coalitions, a Homeland Security Department-prepared national resilience scorecard and incorporation of national resilience as an organizing principle of the federal government.

The concept of resiliency--which report authors define as "the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events" has assumed heightened importance as a homeland security concept, especially as natural disasters have become more damaging.

Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations - A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response

                                                - - by Jeanne S. Ringel, Anita Chandra, Malcolm Williams, Karen A. Ricci, Alexandria Felton, David M. Adamson, Margaret M. Weden, Meilinda Huang

Building Community Resilience to Disasters - A Way Forward to Enhance National Health Security

Community resilience, or the sustained ability of a community to withstand and recover from adversity has become a key policy issue at federal, state, and local levels, including in the National Health Security Strategy. Because resources are limited in the wake of an emergency, it is increasingly recognized that resilience is critical to a community's ability to reduce long recovery periods after an emergency. This report provides a roadmap for federal, state, and local leaders who are developing plans to enhance community resilience for health security threats and describes options for building community resilience in key areas. Based on findings from a literature review and a series of community and regional focus groups, the authors provide a definition of community resilience in the context of national health security and a set of eight levers and five core components for building resilience. They then describe suggested activities that communities are pursuing and may want to strengthen for community resilience, and they identify challenges to implementation.


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