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

The FEMA Resources for Climate Resilience assists FEMA’s state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners in navigating the FEMA resources that are available to support communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change and build resilience.

The document offers a description of available FEMA resources communities can use to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the adverse impacts of climate change.  

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The impacts of climate change are being felt today in communities across the country and increasingly test our resilience. Exercises provide a method for participants to visualize a future that is outside their direct experience and evaluate options for constructive action to adapt to climate changes already occurring and those to come. The Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide is a “one-stop–shop" for any jurisdiction or organization looking to conduct a climate-focused exercise.

Press Releases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior (DOI) and FEMA today announced the establishment of a Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission.
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FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell addressed the nation’s western governors today at the Western Governors' Association 2021 Winter Meeting in Coronado, California.
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FEMA announced two key initiatives to advance climate change adaptation and promote disaster risk reduction and community resilience nationwide.
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FEMA makes hazard mitigation program funds from coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic available nationwide. President Biden today approved more than $3.46 billion to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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WASHINGTON -- To help gain additional responses to FEMA’s public Request for Information, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell released a video message today urging stakeholders, community groups and general citizens to help shape the agency’s future.
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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 November 2, 2021