Geos Institute helps communities build resilience in the face of climate change

Serving as a FEMA advisor and closing out 2021

As we come to the close of 2021, I want to share some exciting news.

Earlier this month I was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Starting in January, I will join 34 other advisors from around the county coming from local government, emergency management, Tribal nations, the private sector, and NGOs.

Our job will be to help FEMA implement its new strategic plan, which focuses on three goals:

  • Instill Equity as a Foundation of Emergency Management
  • Lead Whole of Community in Climate Resilience
  • Promote and Sustain a Ready FEMA and Prepared Nation

I am so pleased that FEMA is moving aggressively toward ensuring a climate resilient nation, and that they are doing it in ways that center the needs of the under-resourced and under-represented members of our communities.

We have learned through the years that the people who are already struggling in a community suffer more from floods, wildfire, heatwaves, and other impacts of climate change than those who are not. Centering their needs is key to building a climate resilience future.

It is an honor to be asked to serve in this way. I recognize that the experience and skills I bring to help make federal programs work on the ground for local communities is because you, and others like you, had faith that the Geos Institute was on to something important.

Thank you so much for your support. As you saw from the Look Ahead that recently arrived in your mailbox, we are leading important national efforts to create climate services so all communities can do their part to head off the climate crisis and deal with the impacts that can no longer be avoided.

I’m about to head out for the holidays. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends as well. Next year is lining up to be very busy on the climate front and we will all need to be well rested.

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