Federal Resources Help Communities Increase Climate Resilience
In response to early input from the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience that President Obama established as part of his Climate Action Plan, the administration has released a Climate Resilience Toolkit to help communities meet the challenges of a changing climate.
The toolkit provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing the climate issues that affect people and their communities. It walks website visitors through the process of identifying the problem; determining vulnerabilities; investigating options; evaluating risks and costs; and taking action.
The site also includes instructional videos for building resilience and tools to manage climate-related risks and opportunities.
Recommendations for Resilience
A fact sheet on the task force’s recommendations states that “even as we act to curb the carbon pollution that drives climate change, we must also improve our ability to prepare for the climate impacts we are already seeing across the country.”
A November 2014 task force report reflects that mission as it recommends federal action in the following areas to address the impacts of climate change:
- Building resilience communities;
- Improving resilience in the nation’s infrastructure:
- Ensuring resilience of natural resources;
- Preserving human health and supporting resilient populations;
- Supporting climate-smart hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness and recovery;
- Understanding and acting on the economics of resilience; and
- Building capacity for resilience.