NC - NC Begins Resilient Communities Program

Officials announced Thursday a new initiative to help the state prepare for the affects of climate change while reducing damages from future disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.

The N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency, or NCORR, in the Department of Public Safety, N.C. Division of Coastal Management, or DCM,  in the Department of Environmental Quality and the N.C. Rural Center established the N.C. Resilient Communities Program to help local governments build capacity for resiliency, provide technical assistance and fund planning and implementation of strategic resilience projects.

NCORR and DCM staff will lead the new N.C. Resilient Communities Program announced at the N.C. Climate Change Interagency Council meeting Thursday and work with partners across state agencies and community organizations.

Public input collected during development of the Resilience Plan emphasized that building local resilience required access to resilience expertise, support for analysis planning and funding to implement measures that advance long-term resilience. To address these needs, the state established the North Carolina Resilient Communities Program.

The program is a priority in the state’s Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan and underscores Gov. Roy Cooper’s commitment to building climate change resiliency statewide while promoting economic growth and stability, according to the state.

“With two 500-year storms in less than two years, our state must be more resilient to disasters and the impacts of climate change,” said Cooper. “We know that funds and technical support are needed at the local level to assess risks and find creative solutions. The N.C. Resilient Communities Program will help local and regional governments plan and implement projects that support resilient communities, economies and ecosystems.”

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