Punta Gorda, FL is Serious About Climate Change

Feel like you need to funding before your community can start addressing sea level rise? Not so fast, says a small Florida community.

Perhaps the best aspect of the adaptation plan is it cost the city virtually nothing. Computer models that predict wave attenuation and where to conduct oyster bar restoration projects were already in existence. Mostly, what the city did was gather information, discuss how to incorporate those ideas into city planning and execute the plan.

“It hasn’t cost us anything,” Hilston said. “(Other government agencies and weather and climate forecasters) did all the work and we benefited from it.”

Punta Gorda plans for future

National Disaster Resilience Competition

For the few of you who haven’t heard, the Obama administration announced a major competition for about $1 billion of federal funding. The goal of the National Disaster Resilience Competition is to help communities rebuild and and increase their resilience. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) will be the mechanism to distribute the funds: states and local governments that experienced a Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012, and 2013 are eligible to apply for the bulk of the funding (the other part being Sandy-specific).

Read all the early detail here.

Hurricane Preparedness Poster

Hurricane safety posterFrom our friend Mike Spranger:

Those of you involved in public educational programs on hurricane preparedness and planning might be interested in the new poster we developed. I had opportunity to provide the poster and homeowner preparedness handbook to the public at one of our local Lowes stores this weekend. The posters went like hotcakes. They are easy to produce, and you can enlarge to make an attractive poster. We enlarged ours to 3 x 4 foot on vinyl and it drew the public in.

Download the poster here.

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FEMA adds More Information to Map Service Center

We are pleased to announce that you may now find non-regulatory Flood Risk Products (FRPs) on FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC)! This enhancement makes FRPs available in one authoritative location, helping communities easily access information to help them make better-informed decisions about preparing for and mitigating flood loss.

Available FRPs include Flood Risk Maps (FRMs), Flood Risk Reports (FRRs), and Flood Risk Databases (FRDs).

Say “finally,” or “great work,” as you wish. Either way, it’s good news.

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Senate Passes NFIP (re-)Reform

Looks like the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013” is about to become the law of the land, after passing the Senate 72-22.

There are some pretty substantial changes, here’s a good summary, and here’s the ASFPM’s response to it.

While they didn’t win this round, the Bill had substantial opposition. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) was among them.

“One of the goals of the reforms was to ensure that the 5.6 million flood insurance policyholders could collect on their policies if they were ever to suffer a flood loss – something that cannot be guaranteed by a flood insurance program that is currently $25 billion in debt,” Shelby said in a speech on the bill. “The program is bankrupt and only operating by the grace of the American taxpayer.”


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