Jon Gottsegen, Kathy Demarco, Phil Worrall, Iain Hyde (Guest Speaker), Susan Fox, Miki Schmidt, Krysia Sepita, Mariam Pomilio, Leland Pierce, Jim Scott, Nathan Lowry, Pat Cummens, Richard Betgereit, Zsolt Nagy.
Iain Hyde, Deputy Chief Recovery Officer, State of Colorado Governor’s Office
In 2013 Colorado was hit by the most catastrophic flooding since 1976. Flood event estimated at nearly $4 billion dollar impact of this event. Immediately after this event a resiliency workgroup was formed. First year was mostly focused on recovering from the flood events, but also how to build back better, stronger and to become more resilient, and this is our current focus of our Colorado resiliency project.
The resiliency workgroup is working toward formalizing and developing a Colorado Resiliency Framework. Colorado Resiliency Framework is currently under development March – May, 2015. Why?
- Colorado has experienced four major presidential declared disasters in the last 5 years, but even more [smaller non-declared] disaster events impacted local communities during the same time period.
- We anticipate more frequent events in the future due to changing climate patterns.
For recovery and current resiliency efforts from:
- Federal Disaster Funds from declared flood disaster (320 million)
We hope to fund ongoing resiliency efforts through:
- Creating a Community Resiliency Partnership Fund
- HUD Resiliency Grant Competition award
- Sweat equity (We will proceed with this effort statewide regardless of competition / grant awards)
How do we define vulnerability and resiliency? What are the different sectors in a community (Economic, Government, Community, Housing, Social, Infrastructure, etc…), and what resiliency actually means to each sector, how do we respond, and how do we prioritize these? (See slides)
This summer the plan is to:
- Use the framework to pilot the development of Local Resiliency Strategies
- Develop a GIS-based Risk and vulnerability assessment tool
- Start building a stable funding source. The Community Resiliency Partnership Fund (Existing disaster funds and potential HUD grant competition funds to seed this fund, but also build out permanent funding by building local and private funding partnerships.)
For More Information:
Resiliency Task Force (News and Announcement):
- Zsolt Nagy, AECOM
- Would be interested in knowing more how this work in Colorado is it being informed from a national /international resiliency efforts.
- UN has just released a scorecard on resilient cities, co-developed by AECOM and IBM. This could be of interest to NSGIC members on how scoring can be used to evaluate Counties and States.*
- Miki Schmidt, NOAA
- National Sea Grant Resilient competition.** FY15 budget included a $5 million resilience coastal grant opportunity [coastal watersheds in 34 states]. Is currently delayed, but hope to be able to spend in near future.
- NSGIC should consider playing a role in putting together a geospatial data sharing plan for local, statewide and regional resiliency applications. Tim DeTroy presented recently on lessons learned from Sandy in his state – this could be a good source to start with.
- States and NSGIC would definitely be in a good position to support these grant proposals by distilling down a short list of minimum essential GIS data sets.
- This could help kick start the work of this task force.
- Have talked to Bill Burgess about this grant and can follow up with him more.
- Jon Gottsegen, Co GIO
NSGIC could define the common Geospatial data, technology and resource threads between these different initiatives:
- HUD Resiliency Grant Competition
- Climate Data Initiative
- 100 Resilient Cities Competition
- National Sea Grant Competition
- 3DEP LiDAR program funds
- Pat Cummens, Esri
- There are a number of organizations like IMCA, National League of Cities, the Urban Sustainability Network, with substantial resiliency activities under way. We do not need to reinvent the wheel, but partner with these other groups
- Esri whiteboard discussions with customers on resiliency #1 is flooding, but #2 is Extreme Heat events
- Recommend states [NSGIC] put together a list of “must have / minimum essential” geospatial data to support resiliency.
- Esri is putting together another Resiliency App. Challenge on “Climate and Public Health” to support the President’s Climate Data Initiative. These are open sourced and publically available through hacker league site and Esri site.***
Footnotes & References:
*From Zsolt Nagy, AECOM: UN Score Card. UNISDR – 10 point checklist –
View Score Card: UNScorecard-1pager
**From Susan Fox, NOAA: The Sea Grant resilience index that we mentioned today was developed through the MS-AL Sea Grant Consortium. This is something that we highlight during our trainings, such as the Coastal Community Planning and Development training.
MS-AL Sea Grant’s Coastal Resilience Index: http://masgc.org/assets/uploads/publications/662/coastal_community_resilience_index.pdf
General info here: http://masgc.org/coastal-storms-program/resilience-index
There is also a grant program with project descriptions.
***From Pat Cummens, Esri: Some links we talked about below
Rockefeller 100 resilient communities http://downloads.esri.com/agol/pub/resilientcities/index.html
Minneapolis resilience story map – be sure to drive into to data on the extreme heat event one: http://cityoflakes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=ef216fd128dc44cdbe7bc17c2ec06668&webmap=c6433f1f2346487fb0331c91b64bfbca
Esri Resilient Communities: http://www.esri.com/industries/government/resilient-communities
Jon Gottsegen, CO GIO: This is a link to the Community Inclusion mapping site that came up in Iain’s presentation today: http://coloradosilc.org/resources/community-inclusion-in-colorado-aka-mapping-project/
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