FEMA Webinar: June 15, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Climate Change and Equity for Underserved Populations


FEMA is seeking verbal comments on Climate Change and Equity for Underserved Populations at a webinar on June 15 at 2 pm ET. Comments are limited to three minutes per person.

Pre-register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8344630664422138128

FEMA seeks public comments on how the agency can further advance equity in underserved communities and strengthen resilience from the impacts of climate change.  On April 22, FEMA posted a Request for Information to help identify areas where the agency’s programs can be modified to better align with President Biden’s Executive Orders 13985, 13990, and 14008.  Written comments are accepted as well through July 21 (see attachment):  FEMA Advisory: FEMA Hosts Webinar on Climate Change and Equity for Underserved Populations


EPA Watershed Academy Webinar – Climate Change Adaptation
June 23 at 2 pm – 4 pm ET

Pre-register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5447784762291911692

This webinar will discuss the challenges of climate change adaptation planning, including the methodologies and tools currently available and how they are being used to develop adaptation strategies. Speakers will include scientists and managers whose organizations are making decisions and moving to action in the face of uncertainty. Speakers: Michael Craghan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Mike Molnar, Coastal States Organization; Will Veatch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Amanda Babson, National Park Service; Duane De Freese, Indian River Lagoon (Fla.) National Estuary Program. (See attachment):  Climate Change Adaptation Flyer

Resilient National Partnership Network – Ideation House
June 23 at 12 pm – 1 pm ET

Join the Resilient Nation Partnership Network for their first ever “Ideation Hour”!  The freestyle event is open to everyone. Bring your best resilience ideas, projects, needs and collaboration opportunities to the table. A broad range of topics will be addressed including but not limited to wildfires (wildfire season is here), social resilience, equity-centered design, hurricane season 2021.  Ask questions, network with others, and engage in creative conversation to help build actionable partnerships. Join via Zoom: https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1603856856 ; Meeting ID: 160 385 6856; Passcode: 688004; Phone: (646) 828-7666

Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution for Federal Agencies webinar on June 29th from 1:00-2:30pm ET.

Pre-registration is required and free, but spaces are limited: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bpSSyLc0SOGYmbLnLP-STg

Federal agencies frequently address complex environmental challenges that impact a range of stakeholders.  This work requires strong collaboration and problem solving skills. The Udall Foundation’s National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution (National Center) is hosting a webinar for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel providing an overview of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution processes and approaches for environmental managers, decision-makers, scientific experts, and stakeholders who navigate multi-party environmental issues. Join the National Center’s Director, Brian Manwaring, and Deputy Director, Stephanie Kavanaugh, for this exploration of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution in a Federal context.  Participants will gain insights into practical collaborative approaches and techniques, an understanding of resources available to Federal personnel, and learn about the USACE/National Center memorandum of agreement available to access ECCR services.


1)  Adapting Risk Communications to Create Equitable Mitigation Strategies – Guidehouse (FEMA Contractor) – Recorded video of their ASFPM presentation. Provides case studies for effective communications and partnership strategies for reaching socially, politically, and economically vulnerable communities. This presentation challenges stakeholders to view communications as a key ingredient to decreasing a person or community’s vulnerability before, during, and after a disaster. View video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttGS3ANJupk

2) Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience –  This resource is the result of collaboration by 26 partners in the fields of equity and resilience. Through it, FEMA seeks to inspire the whole community to make equitable and resilient practices part of their day-to-day activities. Readers will find guidance, perspectives, personal stories, resources and more. While it is a first step in a long journey, FEMA aims to increase awareness, commitments, and action to make equitable resilience possible for all.  Download here: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_rnpn_building-alliances-for-equitable-resilience.pdf

3) NOAA Updates US Climate Normals for the 1991 – 2020 period Every 10 years, NOAA releases an analysis of U.S. weather of the past three decades that calculates average values for temperature, rainfall and other conditions.

Known as the U.S. Climate Normals, these 30-year averages — now spanning 1991-2020 — represent the new “normals” of our changing climate. They are calculated using climate observations collected at local weather stations across the country and are corrected for bad or missing values and any changes to the weather station over time before becoming part of the climate record.  Data available here: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/products/us-climate-normals