1. How Can the Federal Government Help Prepare Local Communities for Natural Disasters?

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    Learn more and download slides at http://www.eesi.org/040115resilience The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the recommendations of the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Speakers: Sam Ricketts Director, Washington DC Office of Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) Dr. Jennifer Jurado Director, Environmental Planning & Community Resilience, Broward County, FL Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Jennifer_Jurado_040115.pdf Carolyn Berndt Program Director for Sustainability, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Carolyn_Berndt_040115.pdf The bipartisan Task Force of 26 governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and other officials spent a year compiling recommendations on how the federal government could help local communities be more resilient to climate change impacts. From an initial 500 ideas, the Task Force produced a report of 35 concrete recommendations for tools, training, funding and services the Federal Government can provide to help the nation’s communities increase their resilience. Even without taking into account the effects of climate change, making communities more resilient saves lives—and saves money in the long run. The Task Force recommendations represent an enormous effort to understand the needs and challenges faced by communities across the country as they prepare for natural disasters that are more frequent and severe due to climate change. These challenges are not far away in the future: states and local communities are already experiencing the devastating consequences of climate change. In 2014, California’s extreme and prolonged drought led to the loss of 17,000 jobs and $2.2 billion in economic losses. Record-setting extreme rainfall in Colorado during September 2013 caused floods that destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, bridges and roads, causing an estimated $2 billion in damages. Many local leaders have already begun taking serious steps to respond to these kinds of challenges, with the understanding that action cannot be delayed. But small communities often lack the necessary resources to be fully effective, making federal help critical. Among the Task Force’s recommendations is a proposal that the federal government spur the creation of Community Resilience Plans to help local leaders plan for natural disasters. The Task Force also calls for the removal of federal regulatory barriers during rebuilding after a natural disaster, and prioritizing rebuilding with resilient infrastructure that will be better able to weather the next storm. The Task Force emphasizes that the federal government has a lot of leverage: it can require infrastructure projects benefiting from federal funding to take into account climate vulnerabilities. This event is the first in a two-part series on climate resilience. The second event, to be held April 20, will focus on tribal climate resilience and adaptation issues, with a focus on the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw in Louisiana. It will soon be the first coastal indigenous community to relocate due to sea level rise in the modern era.

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    • Turning Boys into Men: A Multicultural Behavioral Approach

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      This is a brief overview of the video training program designed to help adolescent males make a successful transition into adulthood. The program uses an operant conditioning, behavior modification approach for achieving this goal. The program is multicultural and it is a part of a series of videos and student guides which contain lessons and exercises with learning objectives. This program targets White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Other male youth, ages 13-17. Topics are comprehensive and life skill oriented.

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      • State of Illinois

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        State of Illinois shares plans for building resilience in response to National Disaster Resilience Competition. (March 4, 2015)

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        • Cook County

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          Cook County shares plans for building resilience in response to National Disaster Resilience Competition. (March 4, 2015)

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          • City of Chicago

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            City of Chicago shares plans for building resilience in response to National Disaster Resilience Competition. (March 4, 2015)

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            • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

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              Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning shares plans for building regional resilience in response to National Disaster Resilience Competition. (March 4, 2015)

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              • DuPage County

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                DuPage County shares plans for building resilience in response to National Disaster Resilience Competition. (March 4, 2015)

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                • Facades+ NYC14 | Resilience

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                  Part Three of the Facades+ video series sits down with Gordon Gill (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill), Edward Peck (Thornton Tomasetti) and James O'Callaghan (Eckersley O'Callaghan) to discuss the future of building skins at the Facades+ New York symposium on April 24, 2014.

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                  • Scenario Planning and Smart Growth for Superstorm Sandy Recovery on Long Island Training Presentations

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                    This January, we partnered with our friends at Placeways, EPA, and CH2MHill, to develop a training on Scenario Planning and Smart Growth for Superstorm Sandy Recovery on Long Island. It was a week-long workshop for over 20 attendees from local agencies in the region, with information and hands-on training on high-tech engagement tools, low-tech/on-the-ground engagement techniques, scenario planning, CommunityViz, and other tools to use for recovery planning. Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York-New Jersey region in October 2012, the need for better knowledge about using scenario planning tools for hazard mitigation and disaster recovery planning within the region has become apparent. This five-day training on Long Island introduced participants to integrating various tools within the recovery planning process - including tools to support scenario planning, help increase engagement and provide critical analysis and communication of complex issues. The training also helped to build local capacity on strategies to incorporate scenario planning with public engagement, smart growth concepts, and hazard mitigation.

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                    • Pacific Report for February 11, 2015

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                      In this edition of Pacific Report EM's prepare for the worst at Yokosuka, sailors endure a challenging training at Sasebo, and a woman takes fitness to the next level at Daegu.

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