Alliance Community Resilience Team Promotes Vital Gulf Communities
Living on the Gulf means living with storms. Fortunately, the Community Resilience Team provides information and resources to help Gulf communities withstand and “bounce back” from destructive events. From community assessments to homeowner handbooks, efforts of the Resilience Team promote vitality of communities around the Gulf Region.
Building Community Resilience
<p >What is the Resilience Team doing?We are looking at ways to measure risks along the Gulf Coast related to tropical storms and other natural disasters, climate change, sea level rise, and development pressures. We provide tools and guidance for local governments and work to educate citizens about disaster preparedness, sustainability, and economic innovation. We are creating an Index for communities to measure their ability to bounce back from storms, floods and climate-related impacts.
Why? Since human and natural systems are constantly changing, we want to help communities minimize risks and losses. This will be critical to the region's long-term viability and success.
What does this Alliance Team call itself? Coastal Community Resiliency
NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets Available to Public
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Coastal Data Development Center produces Extreme Weather Information Sheets each year for the Atlantic hurricane season. The sheets provide residents with a “one-stop” ready reference containing important contact phone numbers and Internet websites for emergency information in their states and local areas.
Visit NOAA's Extreme Weather Information Sheets Website for more information and to download the sheets.
The 2011 hurricane season is upon us and extends through November 30. While we cannot control the weather, we can control how prepared we are. Unlike those who experienced the country’s recent tornado devastation, Gulf Coast residents usually have fair warning on approaching storms. The right tools, evacuation plans and adequate food and water supplies can help ensure your family’s health and safety during a hurricane.
What does the term "resilience" mean? Resilience is the capacity of human, natural, and physical systems to adapt and recover from change. When applied to a community it is its ability to recover and return to functionality after catastrophic events such as hurricanes. For an ecosystem it is its ability to maintain biodiversity, ecological functions and processes that sustain life and the integrity of the system.
Website Promotes Storm Smart Action
StormSmart Coasts an excellent resource for Gulf Communities.
StormSmart Coasts Network Website
June 1, 2010 – Released just in time for storm season, the StormSmart Coasts website equips Gulf residents and decision makers with the latest and best information addressing severe weather.
StormSmart Coasts (www.stormsmartcoasts.org) identifies what should be done before, during, and after a storm. The website provides state specific, in-depth information about potential hazards, how to minimize risks, improve emergency response and more. State and local emergency contacts lists are available. StormSmart Coasts also provides instruction on uniting your community in tackling the challenge of clean-up after a storm.