Within this initiative, NACo is sponsoring trainings, peer networking and resource development to support county leaders and other public- and private-sector partners seeking to build county resilience. These include:
Below please find presentations delivered at the December 2013 Resilient Counties forum. Click on each speaker’s name to view the presentation. View the full forum program here.
Lessons from County Leaders: Partnering to Confront Change
A panel of county leaders discussed how their communities responded to significant local disasters and the steps they are taking to mitigate potential future disasters, with a particular focus on local and regional partnerships to maintain and improve county operations during times of crisis.
- Hon. Linda Langston, NACo President and Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa
- Hon. Frank Magsamen, Supervisor, Black Hawk County
- Hon. Jane Hague, Councilmember, King County, Washington
- Hon. Darry Stacy, Commissioner, Cleveland County, Oklahoma
- Moderator: Bill Peterson, Executive Director, Iowa State Association of Counties
Leveraging Technology Tools to Prepare for Threats
New technologies, innovative mapping tools, mobile applications, social media and other tech resources can revolutionize how counties prepare for and recover from crisis situations. A panel of experts highlighted innovative tools available to counties.
- Lori Cary-Kothera, Operations Manager – Science and Geospatial Solutions Division, NOAA Coastal Services Center
- Jason Hutchens, Solution Sales Engagement Manager – Public Safety (Central Region), Motorola Solutions
- Rob Welton, National Business Manager – Enterprise Security, Siemens.
- Moderator: Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director – Office of Special Projects on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, National Academy of Sciences
Local Philanthropic, Business and Economic Development Engagement in Recovery Efforts
The philanthropic community, local business leaders and economic development professionals can play a key role in fostering county resilience. Experienced community leaders described how their organizations have partnered with public- and private-sector leaders in recovery efforts. View the presentations.
- Les Garner, President and CEO, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
- Karla Twedt-Ball, Vice President for Programs, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
- Robin Barnes, Executive Vice President and COO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
- Lon Olejniczak, Senior Vice President, TransAmerica
- Cindy Dietz, Director of Corporate Communications, Rockwell Collins
- Moderator: Gerald McSwiggan, Director of Issue Networks, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Civic Leadership Center
“Pervasive Readiness: Pipedream or Possible?”
(chapter co-authored by Jason Hutchens, found in McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook: Strategic Guidance for a Coordinated Approach to Effective Security and Emergency Management, Second Edition). Outlines significant lessons learned, best practices, and feasible approaches towards achieving a sustainable state of pervasive readiness.
"A Safe and Integrated City" (article by Rob Welton, Siemens): This paper explores ways that city leaders can work towards the goal of a safe, integrated city and options for financing safety and security technologies for their city.
|Severe Weather Adaptation: Coastal Resiliency County Case Studies Vol. 2
When faced with the threat of weather impacts,the risk management choices are broadly the same: resistance, accommodation, avoidance, transfer and acceptance. The case studies in this publication explore three counties’ approaches to reducing vulnerability and exposure using planning, technology and collaboration tools.
Improving Lifelines: Protecting Critical Infrastructure for Resilient Counties
Counties need to be able to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in a timely fashion, and as part of this preparation, they need to ensure that critical infrastructure, such as energy, water, communications and transportation, remain operational, or that service can be quickly returned to normal following a disaster.
Sustainable Ports: Strategies for Port Development and Operations
This issue brief explores the vital role that ports play in counties across the U.S., and what steps counties can take to ensure that they minimize their ports’ environmental impact while remaining competitive in local and global commercial activities. Case studies highlight innovative work that counties are already doing, and offer ideas and additional resources to support counties in promoting more efficient and sustainable port development.
Restoring Habitats for Resilient Coastal Economies
This issue brief provides coastal counties and coastal managers with an overview of how environmental restoration initiatives can help strengthen the ongoing vitality of coastal economies. Specifically, the issue brief provides examples from counties that are pursuing coastal restoration projects to promote storm and flood resiliency, support coastal tourism, protect healthy fisheries and create coastal jobs.
Resiliency in New Orleans: The Urban Water Plan
The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, a region-wide effort to explore and invest in smart and sustainable water-related infrastructure, is the focus of the latest NACo podcast. We spoke with Robin Barnes of Greater New Orleans, Inc. about the plan and the role of parishes in regional resiliency.
Great Lakes Planning Guide
The Great Lakes Planning Guide provides Great Lakes region stories, data, tools and other resources related to flooding, bluff erosion, invasive species and other coastal concerns. Jeff Stone of the Association of State Floodplain Managers shares the impetus for creating the guide, a bit about the process, as well as how users can best benefit from the resource.
Enhancing Community Engagement with Data
Since 2009 the South Slough Reserve has been working with local stakeholders to create information – environmental and socio-economic – to help inform the community’s decision making process. Hear about the reserve’s efforts, the ups and downs of the project, and key takeaways for counties interested in developing a similar engagement program.
Partnering to Build Resilient Counties
NACo recently sat down with NACo immediate past president, Supervisor Linda Langston, to discuss her presidential initiative, Resilient Counties. Through the initiative, NACo worked with county leaders and their stakeholders to bolster their ability to thrive amid changing physical, social and economic conditions.
Next Generation 911: Upgrading County Emergency Communications
Dec 17, 2014
Learn how Next Generation 911 will allow your county to become more resilient and take advantage of new technologies, such as the ability to send and receive text messages, photos and videos, to improve public safety and emergency response.
Effective Methods of Environmental Education
Jul 22, 2014
with environmental educational opportunities for area students and residents to improve community and organization capacity to protect, restore and enhance ecological conditions. Learn from environmental restoration project leaders and partners from across the country that have successfully integrated educational outcomes into their restoration efforts.