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Climate Change

Climate change is an urgent issue we face together. On this page, learn how we are addressing climate change and find resources for emergency managers.

Initiatives

Public Comment Period on Climate Change and Underserved Populations - Closed

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On April 22, 2021, FEMA issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information from the public on how the agency’s programs, regulations, and policies could better advance the goals of equity for all, environmental justice, and bolster resilience to the impacts of climate change. The period for comment closed on July 21 and the agency is currently processing the input received.

The results of this RFI will inform the 2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan and will help us better support communities and underserved populations when it comes to resiliency and climate change.

Read the RFI Summary Report

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Climate Change Enterprise Steering Group

Co-chaired by the Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (OEHP) and the Office of Response and Recovery (ORR), including leadership representation from every FEMA component, the Climate Adaptation Enterprise Steering Group (ESG):

  • Identifies strategic opportunities and barriers to further advance adaption and environmental justice through FEMA programs and activities in both short- and long-term actions.
  • Evaluates opportunities and barriers to advance equitable climate action across FEMA programs.

Emergency Management in a Changing Climate

The challenges posed by climate change, such as more intense storms, frequent heavy precipitation, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding and higher sea levels could significantly alter the types and magnitudes of hazards faced by communities and the emergency management professionals serving them. Emergency managers should adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Strategy and Policy

Last updated August 21, 2021