EPA released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with, and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater.
On June 14th, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.
The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics released the inaugural Vermont Climate Assessment report. This study, led by Dr. Gillain Galford, is the first in the nation state level climate assessment modeled after the National Climate Assessment. The report covers 9 sectors (policy, community development, water resources, forests, agriculture and food systems, recreation and tourism, human health, transportation, and education-outrach).
The 2014 Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) is described by Milly Archer in the June 2014 Newsletter of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
As HFIAA is implemented through the months ahead FEMA will post updated information and bulletins online.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Free webinars presented by Alex Sirotek of STARR, a FEMA service contractor. For more information see the full announcement on the Vermont Floodplain Management blog.
After many of the new provisions of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW12) started going into effect, we had written about discussions and a US Senate bill that was working its way through Congress to roll back many of the BW12 provisions. While there were many issues that seemed to need some working out, chief among them affordability provisions for the new rates and increas