With communities around the U.S. experiencing negative impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat waves, increased wildfires, and severe floods, resilience planning is more important now than ever. FEMA has released an updated Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide that all agencies and communities can use to develop exercises that will build resilience in the face of natural disaster threats. The Guide encourages stakeholders to convene and produce long-term strategies to mitigate the effects of disasters through climate adaptation. It provides basic principles of community exercises, tools and templates, and resources for climate-related programs, funding, and more.
Further guidance is also available on FEMA’s Preparedness Toolkit, an “online portal that provides the whole community with tools to aid in implementing all six areas of the National Preparedness System.”
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