Ensuring the sustainability of critical coastal infrastructure and natural resources is vital to making communities more resilient to the future impacts from Climate Change especially in relation to sea level rise and increased storm surge. Superstorm Sandy caused considerable damages to public and private property along the Connecticut coast that has resulted in over $250 million dollars in claims paid to flood insurance policy holders. Additionally over $42 million in FEMA Public Assistance funding has been reimbursed to local, state and tribal governments and eligible private nonprofits region-wide for some of the costs of: 1) Emergency response, 2) Debris removal and 3) Repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities.
In response to these significant impacts on critical facilities and infrastructure as well as natural resources many local and state governmental agencies, public universities, non-profits, and private entities in Connecticut have taken important steps in making coastal communities more disaster resilient.
This EBC Connecticut Chapter morning program will feature a series of presentations that provide insight into the recent efforts by communities, state and federal agencies, and universities to make coastal communities more resilient to future Climate Change impacts. The program will provide an overview of recently completed resiliency and mitigation plans and projects as well as new programs designed to make residents and communities more resilient.
The program will touch on the following topics and will include a panel discussion centered on the lessons learned from the recent resiliency efforts in Connecticut:
- Vulnerability Assessments
- Adaptation Planning
- Mitigation Planning
- Community Education and Outreach
- Flood Hazard Forecasting
- Regional Resiliency
- Resiliency and mitigation funding and grant opportunities, including: Rebuild By Design – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program – FEMA Mitigation Grants
- Samuel Bell, Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
- Jamie Caplan, President, Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC
- Edward Capone, Senior Hydrologist, NOAA’s Northeast River Forecast Center
- Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)
- Emmeline Harrigan, AICP, CFM, Shore Up CT Program Manager, CT Department of Housing
- Bruce Hyde, AICP, Center for Land Use Education and Research, University of Connecticut
- David Kooris, AICP, Director, Office of Planning and Economic Development, City of Bridgeport, CT
- Emily Pysh, CFM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP)