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Federal agencies release resources on improving climate resilience

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    On December 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new resources for state and local governments on improving climate resilience. USDA’s Drought Toolkit for Elected Officials, Public Officials and Community Leaders connects readers with drought monitoring resources and USDA funding opportunities. FEMA’s Resources for Climate Resilience provides insight into FEMA’s role in climate resilience as well as an overview of the agency’s program structure for mitigation funding. As our nation experiences increasingly devastating natural disasters, counties are the first government entity to cope with any damages or threat to human life associated with the disaster. Federal funding to build local resiliency through pre-disaster mitigation efforts allows county leaders to address these issues in a manner that can minimize the impact on residents and businesses.

    USDA’s Drought Toolkit contains resources and interactive tools like the Regional Climate Hub and U.S. Drought Monitor that provide timely updates on the most current drought information. The toolkit also has an overview of various programs through the Risk Management Agency, National Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency that provide funding opportunities for mitigation and response efforts. FEMA’s Resources are geared toward overall climate resilience strategies within the four stages of the community resilience cycle: Risk Assessment, Mitigation Planning, Mitigation Funding and Building Community Capacity. There is also information on Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs, including Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grants. The application period for FMA and BRIC is currently open and will close on January 28, 2022.

    NACo’s Resilient Counties Initiative strengthens county resiliency by building leadership capacity to identify and manage risk and allow counties to become flexible and respond. By using sustainable practices and infrastructure, counties will be better prepared to address these issues in a manner that can minimize the impact on residents and businesses while helping counties save money.

    On December 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new resources for state and local governments on improving climate resilience.
    2021-12-14
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    2021-12-14
USDA releases Drought Toolkit for Elected Officials, Public Officials and Community Leaders FEMA releases Resources for Climate Resilience with information on funding opportunities for counties

On December 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new resources for state and local governments on improving climate resilience. USDA’s Drought Toolkit for Elected Officials, Public Officials and Community Leaders connects readers with drought monitoring resources and USDA funding opportunities. FEMA’s Resources for Climate Resilience provides insight into FEMA’s role in climate resilience as well as an overview of the agency’s program structure for mitigation funding. As our nation experiences increasingly devastating natural disasters, counties are the first government entity to cope with any damages or threat to human life associated with the disaster. Federal funding to build local resiliency through pre-disaster mitigation efforts allows county leaders to address these issues in a manner that can minimize the impact on residents and businesses.

USDA’s Drought Toolkit contains resources and interactive tools like the Regional Climate Hub and U.S. Drought Monitor that provide timely updates on the most current drought information. The toolkit also has an overview of various programs through the Risk Management Agency, National Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency that provide funding opportunities for mitigation and response efforts. FEMA’s Resources are geared toward overall climate resilience strategies within the four stages of the community resilience cycle: Risk Assessment, Mitigation Planning, Mitigation Funding and Building Community Capacity. There is also information on Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs, including Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grants. The application period for FMA and BRIC is currently open and will close on January 28, 2022.

NACo’s Resilient Counties Initiative strengthens county resiliency by building leadership capacity to identify and manage risk and allow counties to become flexible and respond. By using sustainable practices and infrastructure, counties will be better prepared to address these issues in a manner that can minimize the impact on residents and businesses while helping counties save money.

About Aaliyah Nedd (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Agriculture & Rural Affairs | Immigration Reform Task Force

Aaliyah serves as serves as the associate legislative director supporting NACo’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committees, as well as the Immigration Reform Task Force. She is responsible for providing legislative support for the legislative director, conducting legislative research, as well as writing and editing blog articles.