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May We Improve Your Hurricane Experience? Officials Seek Public Input On Climate Action Plan

Read the full article here. Officials from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties are requesting the public’s help to update their Regional Climate Action Plan. The plan came out in 2012 and provides local officials with guidance on problems like sea-level rise, hurricanes, Zika and income inequality. It also offers strategies for reducing South Florida’s carbon […]

Water Levels by Station

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides real-time water level information that is updated every six minutes.

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Uneven preparation

Read the full article here. Local governments all around Florida’s coast—like the government of St. Augustine—could face huge costs to protect their assets, as sea level rise puts storm drains, causeways, sewer systems, and other critical facilities as risk. On top of these costs, rising seas could threaten revenue from tourism and waterfront properties. Across […]

Office of Resilience Awarded Assistance from the DOE

The Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience has been awarded three different technical assistance grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help with countywide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts. Increasing energy and water efficiency is a major part of the county’s strategy to reduce GHGs because electricity generation accounts for 46% of the county’s GHG […]

A rushed response to Hurricane Irma could cause bigger disasters

Read the full article here. If planning isn’t done correctly, it could exacerbate future disasters. Though storm tracking allows more people to find safety in the face of severe storms, the financial costs of storm damage are skyrocketing as more valuable infrastructure is being built in high-risk areas. Florida and other at-risk places need stronger […]

Storm tests local climate plans and wins sometimes

HURRICANE IRMA Storm tests local climate plans and wins sometimes Adam Aton, E&E News reporter Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Don’t call it a dry run, but Hurricane Irma gave Broward County a chance to see how its climate policies match up against the kind of storms it could expect more often […]

Resiliency will help us prosper

Read the full article. To protect both people and buildings, South Florida needs to focus not just on recovering from Irma, but on creating a higher level of resilience planning. This planning must include economic, health, and housing needs for all communities. Leaders at the community, elected, and regional levels must coordinate and collaborate to […]

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Rebuilding after disasters: 5 essential reads

Read the full article here. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many scholars are urging communities to focus on making themselves more resilient and mitigating future risks, rather than just rebuilding. This article highlights five essential reads about modernizing aging, vulnerable infrastructure and smart planning strategies for cities and communities.

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