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

FEMA, MDEM and Baltimore host Building Resilience Infrastructure and Communities News Conference at MedStar Health on August 22, 2022 at 8:30am
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On Monday, Aug. 1, Vice President Kamala Harris and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the selections and status of subapplications of its Fiscal Year 2021 pre-disaster hazard mitigation grant programs, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).
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WASHINGTON—Today, Vice President Kamala Harris, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the selections for $1.16 billion in climate resilience funding through two competitive grant programs to help communities across the nation enhance climate and disaster resiliency.
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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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A new installation entitled Community Forms by artist Matt Barton opened to the public today. The work was partially funded by a grant from FEMA under its ArtWorks initiative.
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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