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In May 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a virtual case study interview with representatives from the Jersey City–Newark Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to discuss the effectiveness of two grant investments that were made with FEMA preparedness grant funds. The purpose of the study was to understand how FEMA preparedness grants aided Jersey City–Newark in preparing for and responding to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RNPN developed an interactive exhibit for the National Building Museum’s Big Build Community Day in October 2019. We engaged children and families about resilience and flood risk.
The Nature Conservancy was able to meet and learn from a diverse group of stakeholders with whom they don’t typically interact, helping them find collaboration opportunities and innovate in ways that improve disaster response and resilience across the country.
Through its vast network of partners, the RNPN was able to collaborate with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation by lining up thought leaders to participate at its esteemed Building Resilience through Private-Public Partnerships Conference.
Achieving resilience at a community level requires the engagement of multiple partners and disciplines who come together to share information and resources. Effective strategies like the implementation of modern building codes and emerging solutions like community resilience benchmarking can only be successful when we work together.
Partner Developed Guidance Connects the Use of Nature-Based Solutions with FEMA’s Mitigation Programs
Many potential applicants do not understand how to develop competitive nature-based hazard mitigation project proposals for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs.). Without clear understanding a community may miss out on the opportunity to help reduce its potential for flood disasters.
In 2017, Santa Rosa was ravaged by the Tubbs Fire, part of a series of fast-moving wildfires that spread across Northern California. To better plan for and reduce the risk of future wildfires, the city decided to integrate its community wildfire protection plan and local hazard mitigation plan. The community wildfire protection plan annex builds on the local mitigation plan by providing more detailed, site-specific wildfire assessments and an action plan for mitigating wildfire risk. The city developed the plan through collaborating with local and state officials, private stakeholders and federal agencies.