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Why should emergency management be concerned about climate adaptation.

Why should emergency management be concerned about climate adaptation.

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  • 1. Zach SmithGuilford County Emergency ManagementJune 11, 2013
  • 2.  Climate includes patterns of temperature,precipitation, humidity, wind and seasons. Affects more than just a change in the weather, itrefers to seasonal changes over a long period oftime. These climate patterns play a fundamental rolein shaping natural ecosystems, and the humaneconomies and cultures that depend on them.
  • 3.  Natural Hazards are of significant interest to EM Potential increase in frequency and an increasein severity of selected natural hazards Climate change will likely impact all four phasesof emergency management The impact climate change may have on theHIRA process
  • 4.  May create risks that are more regional in nature Affect broader geographical areas Require resources from a larger community of partners Requires multiple communities to work together Advantageous to consider "climate changeadaptation” Integrated planning and action to build resilience to expectedclimate change impacts on hazards.
  • 5.  That’s why we are here today.. To gain situational awareness of the issue Understand how it could potentially affect the work we do Discuss future actions we can take to become more resilient
  • 6.  That’s why we are here today.. To gain situational awareness of the issue Understand how it could potentially affect the work we do Discuss future actions we can take to become more resilient
  • 7.  FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing LLIS.gov Climate Change Adaptation and Emergency Management Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) Facilitated by FEMA (“Climate Change” in FEMA Library) Launched so the EM community can seek to understand thefuture of EM Various scholarly articles Search “climate change and emergency management”