No Mention of Climate Change in FEMA’s Strategic Plan

From the HuffPost: FEMA’s Latest Excuse For Why It’s Ignoring Climate Change: It Forgot

Rep. Keith Ellison asked the agency why, and so far he’s not happy with the answer. In its latest response, FEMA says it basically forgot.

“There was no decision, and no direction, to deliberately avoid or omit any particular term in the writing of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan,” FEMA Director Brock Long wrote on April 12, referring to the document the agency uses to help anticipate and prepare the nation for natural disasters.

Long’s claim is a remarkable one given that 2017 was the costliest, most-damaging year on record for weather and climate-related disasters in the U.S., and the third-warmest year on record. Experts predict those costs, which directly impact FEMA’s operation, will increase as the climate shifts further and further from its baseline.

Coastal Issues for Boston

The Wall St. Journal published an article on Jan. 28th titled: Boston Agonizes Over How to Protect Itself from Future Storms; cities that designated protections for past floods find future ones may be worse, but changes carry huge price tags.

Since you have to subscribe to the WSJ in order to read it, I cannot post the full article here. I do have a copy of the full text and would be willing to share it with a limited no. of readers who request it.

Climate Change in Boston

Boston’s Rendezvous with Climate Destiny; A coastal winter storm shows one of America’s oldest cities what sea-level rise really means.

Update:  I just found this article in Ensia (thanks to Homeland Security Wire) with some details re scientific research on the issues in Boston. With storms intensifying and oceans on the rise, Boston weighs strategies for staying dry. A multi-billion-dollar seawall is among climate adaptation options under consideration for the iconic coastal city.