Support Community Resilience

NLC urges Congress and the Administration to help local governments strengthen extreme weather preparedness and resilience efforts.

    Across the country local governments are seeing the devastating effects associated with a changing climate, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, pest infestations, and disease. Additionally, as extreme weather events such as heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, heavy precipitation and strong storms become more common, local governments in all geographic and climatic regions are looking for resources to assist them in anticipating, preparing for and adapting to these events.

    Extreme weather and climate events have short- and long-term impacts on local and regional infrastructure, public safety, natural landscapes and environmental quality. These events can cost human life, destroy property, damage local infrastructure, jeopardize water quality and availability, lead to energy and food shortages and disrupt entire economies.
    Local governments act as first responders, preparing in advance of emergency situations; offering immediate assistance to those impacted; and identifying strategies, solutions, and partnerships to address situations quickly and efficiently.

    Communities must prepare for extreme weather events and a changing climate by taking a number of important steps now, including studying particular risks and vulnerabilities faced by the community; developing short- and long- term plans to address these vulnerabilities; and upgrading facilities and infrastructure to withstand impacts. By partnering with the private sector, utilities, regional and state agencies and other stakeholders, city leaders can more efficiently and effectively coordinate limited financial and technical resources.

    Cities need stronger federal government support through improved development and distribution of relevant educational resources, streamlined processes for funding "smart planning," and policies and programs that will help communities become more resilient.