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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

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.

The White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy (OSTP), NOAA, and FEMA were tasked under EO 14008 to outline the ways the federal government will improve access to climate tools and services. FEMA in partnership with OSTP and NOAA worked on Opportunities for Expanding and Improving Climate Information and Services for the Public (globalchange.gov) report that focuses on holistically expanding and improving climate information and services for the public.

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Press Releases

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