Connections Call: Responding to Climate Disaster

Rev. Matthew Zemanick, Program Director, Lutheran Disaster Response Initiatives joined us to consider all the ways we can “lend a hand” before, during, and after a natural disaster.  The work of educating our communities and and getting to know the people and resources in them are critical aspects of disaster preparedness  – and often the most spirit-filled and nourishing!  We explored tools to identify and commit to environmental justice areas in our region and heard from one another as to what builds our own resiliency.

Looking for more opportunities to learn how to prepare for and respond to emergencies in your community? Download: Summer/Fall 2023 LDR Training & Engagement Guide.

Also from FEMA: Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness

Do YOU live in a community disaster resilience zone?  Look at the map to find out!

Community Disaster Resilience Zones aim to build and strengthen community resilience across the nation by driving federal, public, and private resources to the most at-risk and in-need communities.

The Community Disaster Resilience Zones Act uses FEMA’s National Risk Index to identify the most at-risk and in-need communities to identify resilience zones. Designated zones will be prioritized for targeted federal support, such as increased cost-share for resilience and mitigation projects, lessening the financial burden on communities to perform resilience-related activities.

September 6, FEMA announced the initial 483 designations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A second designation for tribal lands and territories will be in Fall 2023.