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New Case Studies Show How the U.S. Is Prepping for Climate Change

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 case studies describing how America’s leaders are responding to the growing threat of climate change. The case studies highlight some of the most innovative approaches for dealing with climate change and America’s roadways, airports, transit systems, and infrastructure at all phases of decision-making. The case studies are meant to help officials develop best practices for dealing with climate change and for building infrastructure meant to withstand its effects.

NACo Annual Meeting 2015

Registration Now Open for NACo Annual Meeting

County leaders and staff members don’t want to miss the National Association of Counties’ Annual Meeting, July 10-13, 2015. The meeting provides an opportunity for county officials to network, learn, and guide the direction of the association. This year’s meeting will be held in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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Communicating the Real Risk of Hurricanes

The current scale of measuring hurricanes only takes into account wind speed—but storm surge is the deadliest threat. A study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research looks into how well the public understands storm surge and how well weather forecasters do at communicating those risks. Using this research, the NOAA National Hurricane Center began implementing new storm surge and hurricane warning systems that used plain language and intuitive maps and coloring to answer the question, “When do I need to evacuate for a storm?”

Climate Leadership Conference

Climate Leadership Conference, February 23-25, 2015

Gather in Washington, D.C. with leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit community to address global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. The annual Climate Leadership Conference provides attendees with networking opportunities, insightful speakers, and cutting edge content.


Save the Date – NSGIC Midyear and Annual Meetings

The National States Geographic Information Council will hold its midyear meeting February 23 to 26 in Annapolis, Maryland, and its annual meeting October 5 to 9 in Kansas City, Missouri. These meetings give state representatives a chance to share lessons learned on gathering GIS information for their states.

New Interactive Storm Surge Inundation Map

A new interactive story map displays storm surge flooding scenarios for the entire U.S. for different hurricane categories at high tide. The map allows users to evaluate the risk from storm surge for their specific neighborhoods. Storm surge can affect areas several miles inland from the shore, and this map makes that clear. The National Hurricane Center hopes that people will use this map to determine if they might be at risk—and then plan for the next tropical storm or hurricane before it hits.

Case Studies from NACo Focus on Adapting to Severe Weather

Severe weather events are increasing around the country, and this fact is causing communities to reevaluate and strengthen their hazard mitigation plans. The National Association of Counties put together three case studies that dive into three counties’ approaches to reducing vulnerabilities using planning, technology, and collaborative tools. Studying how coastal cities respond to these new threats is increasingly important as more of the U.S. population moves to the coast.

Digital Coast and NACo Talk Tools for Resilience

On February 4, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (Eastern time), join experts from NOAA’s Digital Coast and the National Association of Counties to discuss tools for resilient coastal counties. This interactive Google Hangout will allow users to see how to effectively use tools like the NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer, Coastal County Snapshots, Historical Hurricane Tracker, and more. Digital Coast staff members will provide real-time demonstrations and be available to discuss county-specific issues.

Understanding Flood Risk Leads to Smart Real Estate Investments

Real estate investors need to understand flood risk and future trends in the face of climate change in order to make smart investments, according to an article from the Urban Land Institute. When Sandy hit New York City, almost double the area that was within the designated Special Flood Hazard Areas suffered severe flooding. Better data are more widely available, but sea level rise brings the benefits of these maps into question. The article emphasizes an important point to consider: a property may be outside of a flood zone today, but it may not be tomorrow.

Evaluation of the Community Resilience Index

More people are moving into floodplains in the Gulf of Mexico every day, yet residents are not preparing for floods, hurricanes, or other natural hazards, a recent survey says. The Community Resilience Index was created to increase awareness of natural hazard risks in local communities. This self-assessment tool is meant to give local leaders an easy way to predict if their community will reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure after a disaster.