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.
FEMA and the Changing Climate
Understand FEMA’s role in and resources for addressing climate change, along with tools to help you know your climate risk.
Climate Essentials for Emergency Managers offers foundational learning opportunities for the emergency management community and beyond. By sharing communication techniques, climate information, data resources, and guidance for connecting with experts, this resource helps advance the integration of climate change considerations into actionable efforts before, during, and after disasters.
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On Nov. 30, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the launch of a new Voluntary Community-Driven Relocation program, led by the Department of the Interior, to assist tribal communities severely impacted by climate-related environmental threats. In August 2022, the interagency Community-Driven Relocation Subcommittee was announced and is co-led by FEMA and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). This subcommittee convenes federal agencies to explore key considerations, issues and strategies for community partnerships to support voluntary movement away from high-risk regions.
A fact sheet is available that has more information this about community-driven relocation available funding from FEMA grant programs and current projects underway.
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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.
Tools and Data
- NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS) Guidance
- Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
- National Risk Index for Natural Hazards
- Integrating Sustainability into Recovery
- Integrating Mitigation into Recovery
- US Global Change Research Program
- EPA Stormwater Calculator
- US Climate Resilience Toolkit
- NASA Climate Resources
- DOE Climate Change Science and Innovation
- HHS Sustainability
- Climate Data at data.gov
Knowledge and Capacity
- National Climate Assessment 2018
- National Mitigation Investment Strategy
- Hazard Mitigation Assistance
- Building Science
- Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning
- Technical Mapping Advisory Council
- Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
- Coastal Flood Risks
- Planning for Future Conditions
- Planificación para condiciones futuras
- Building Community Resilience with Nature-based Solutions
- Environmental and Historic Preservation
- Climate Change Research (EPA)
- Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center - ARC-X (EPA)