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National Adaptation Forum Webinar: A Match Made in Heaven?– Integrating Climate Change into Hazard Mitigation Planning

Created: 12/30/2019 - Updated: 2/05/2020

Abstract

The field of emergency management has been helping communities assess, plan for, and respond to extreme weather events and other disasters for decades. However, the approaches developed to help communities assess the risk and the potential impacts of extreme weather events have rarely been updated to include climate change. While requirements at the local level vary state by state, there is an opportunity to mainstream adaptation planning and preparedness into the hazard mitigation process. If only we can find ways to effectively merge these two fields and ensure that communities are planning and preparing for both current and future hazards. This webinar brings together representatives of different agencies and organizations to discuss the opportunities and challenges of climate-smart hazard planning and provide examples of where and how disaster preparedness is being used to improve resilience across the country.

Speakers:

Kristin Baja, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Eric Chapman, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Jonathan Olds, FEMA- Region 10

Sascha Petersen, Adaptation International