Coastal Hazards Resilience Network

The Takeaway: Partners join forces to focus on multi-hazard planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Despite Washington’s rich history of progressive policies that promote balanced shoreline management, the state’s diverse programs were not optimized to help local planners develop long-term strategies for coastal hazards. Through a NOAA grant, the Washington Coastal Management Program and Washington Sea Grant developed the Coastal Hazards Resilience Network to focus on the state’s critical need for multi-hazard planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The network brings together over 50 key coastal management experts from state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. Information sharing is one of the network’s primary functions. Thus far, increased communication has resulted in greater awareness and discussion about existing projects, transfer of technical knowledge, identification of statewide priorities, and partnerships and funding opportunities that leverage expertise and resources. (2016)

Partners: NOAA, Washington Coastal Management Program, Washington Sea Grant