This article examines shortcomings and possible improvements to standard post-disaster recovery processes through the lens of recovery in Princeville, North Carolina, the oldest black town in the United States. Princeville has faced existential challenges since it was settled in the Tar River floodplain in 1865, most recently in 2016 with flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. The article describes the power of place attachment and the trauma caused by place-based disaster. It points out that significant rebuilding typically begins a full three years into a standard recovery timeline.
Indigenous communities have always coexisted with nature. Their subsistence has had a dependence on the heightened stewardship of the natural environment, requiring that their farming practices evolve and adapt to today’s rapidly changing environment. As the effects of climate change become more obvious in weather pattern alterations influencing agricultural yields, so do the resilient farming practices that are being adapted to strengthen the agricultural sector.
Building resilience to increasingly intense climate change impacts requires effective, urgent adaptation action at the local level. While much progress has been made within the international and national arenas, efforts to successfully implement adaptation at the subnational level remains uneven.
The Town of Branford, Connecticut created the Coastal Resiliency Fund in 2019. Branford believes that future exposure to and costs associated with climate change represent long-term liability that needs to be addressed through targeted funding and investment. The town will make annual appropriations to the fund and invest the assets using a long-term strategy. This approach seeks to match assets to liabilities while providing a funding source to supplement more conventional methods, such as bonding and grants. Through the passing of the State of Connecticut’s Public Act No.
Through an award provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, the City of Tybee Island partnered with researchers and outreach professionals from Georgia Sea Grant, the University of Georgia, and Stetson University to develop this sea-level rise adaptation plan. Using a participatory approach, this project assessed how coastal flooding risks in the City of Tybee Island are being exacerbated by sea-level rise and also explored potential adaptation actions for making the city more resilient over time.
The Resilience Plan for Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin included engagement with over 28 municipalities (1.1 million people) and stakeholders from all sectors through a structured planning process to reach agreement on the risks, vision, and supportive actions needed to improve this region’s resilience and reduce the most pressing risks. The Resilience Plan registers that these risks continue to be exacerbated by changing populations, economic challenges and climate change.
North Topsail Beach, North Carolina Case Study
The Risk MAP process began for the City of Kwethluk in the summer of 2016.
The Alaska State Risk MAP Coordinator, FEMA's Risk Analyst and the Alaska State Mitigation Planner travelled to Kwethluk on June 16, 2016 to conduct a Risk MAP Discovery Meeting with City of Kwethluk staff and community members. The State and FEMA discussed the purpose of the Risk MAP Program and how it could benefit the City of Kwethluk.
From devastating monsoons to sea level rise, extreme weather is taking its toll across the globe. Surging Waters looks at flooding in the United States and demonstrates how science is supporting flood management, as well as furthering the solutions needed to mitigate flood impacts on people and property in the future. The report’s authors highlight three types of flooding—flooding due to hurricanes, flooding in the central U.S., and coastal flooding—through local stories. In 2017, Houston, Texas, was hit by Hurricane Harvey, the second most damaging weather disaster in U.S.