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NACo to analyze county mitigation and preparedness efforts

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In tandem with the Strengthening Coastal Counties’ Resilience effort led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), Coastal States Organization (CSO) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NACo has been selected to host a 2018 NOAA Digital Coast Fellow, Shanna Williamson. Shanna joined NACo in August 2018 and over the next two years, will analyze how mitigation and preparedness efforts in the coastal counties of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have affected long-term resilience within the Gulf of Mexico region.

Currently, NOAA identifies 58 coastal counties and parishes within the gulf states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. This project will initially examine the 17 counties and parishes directly on the coasts of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi and the four additional coastal counties and parishes of the Strengthening Coastal Counties’ Resilience program (see full list here). Time allowing, NACo hopes to expand this initial group to include more NOAA designated coastal counties in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Through this project, NACo seeks to 1) identify and promote policies within county comprehensive and hazard mitigation plans that enhance resilience to risks associated with coastal hazards, and 2) demonstrate the investments county governments have made in mitigation and the economic value of those efforts. To learn more about NACo’s 2018 NOAA Digital Coast Fellow project, click here.

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management manages the Digital Coast Fellows program. Digital Coast Fellows are hosted by one of the nine Digital Coast Partnership organizations and work on projects focused around mitigating coastal issues. Each project includes an aspect related to the promotion or expansion of the Digital Coast website, which provides practitioners with the data, tools and training needed to inform decision-making around the preservation of coastal communities, resources and infrastructure. To learn more about Digital Coast, click here.

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