San Francisco to receive more climate resilience funds
San Francisco is one of several Bay Area census tracts recently designated a community disaster resilience zone by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Why it matters: A natural hazard assessment index was used to identify the most at-risk and in-need communities for the designation, which allows each zone to receive additional, targeted support for mitigation and resilience projects. It also aims to bring together government agencies, philanthropists, nonprofits and private businesses to collaborate across sectors.
- Projects should be "designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage and destruction of property" or critical services, per the 2022 bill that authorized the funding. That can involve actions like strengthening an electric grid or reinforcing housing structures.
What they're saying: It's critical to ensure that communities of color and low-income people, who are often most affected by climate change, have opportunities to serve at the forefront of this transition into a new "climate-resilient economy," James Irvine Foundation president Don Howard told Axios.
The big picture: Like many other jurisdictions throughout the Bay, San Francisco's climate action plan includes a hazard mitigation component.
- The Office of Resilience and Capital Planning in July launched its first comprehensive initiative for addressing the public health effects of extreme heat and wildfire smoke, which have become more frequent and intense in San Francisco, according to city analyst Angela Yip.
- The region is also highly vulnerable to flooding and liquefaction amid projected sea level rise, which a 2021 city report found will extend the coastal flood hazard zone farther inland.
- Strategies identified as "Resilience Pathways" include reducing aging buildings' exposure to heat and poor air quality and bolstering emergency preparedness in extreme weather events.
- Local groups have also spearheaded climate adaptation programs that target education, infrastructure, law and policy.
Of note: More than 320 million Americans — about 97% of the population — "experienced at least one summer day with temperatures made at least [two times] more likely due to human-caused climate change," per a new analysis from climate research and communications nonprofit Climate Central.
- It's spurred more homebuyers to consider climate risks when they house hunt.
What to watch: The Biden administration has announced over $600 million in new investments aimed at bolstering coastal protections and fighting sea level rise.
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