Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Resilient Community Partnership available
to assist Delaware towns or counties
Partnership will assist in developing community resilience plans; Applications due by Jan. 11
DOVER (Nov. 10, 2015) – Communities throughout Delaware are threatened by inland flooding, coastal storms, sea level rise, and changing climates. To help address these challenges, DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs (DCP) is pleased to announce that a Resilient Community Partnership opportunity is now available to assist a Delaware town or county with resilience planning and implementation. This partnership will leverage up to $75,000 in federal funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Resilience planning enhances a community’s ability to minimize the impacts of severe weather and climate change,” said Sarah W. Cooksey, administrator of Delaware Coastal Programs. “But, it takes a great deal of work, and this partnership will advance a community’s resilience planning to help them reduce future damage and economic impacts from hazardous events.”
Throughout this partnership, DCP will provide direct support and technical assistance to the community to accomplish one or more of the following:
· Develop a comprehensive vulnerability assessment of known and emerging hazards. This assessment will examine all facets of a community, from critical infrastructure and economic aspects to ecological resources and sensitive populations;
· Identify and prioritize adaptation and mitigation measures; and
· Initiate planning and design of viable measures, such as infrastructure upgrades or revisions to town code.
Any incorporated municipality, county or unincorporated municipality under county sponsorship is encouraged to apply for the partnership. Communities that previously have completed some planning and assessment are also eligible, providing they demonstrate how their community will benefit. Non-federal match dollars and in-kind services are encouraged, but not required.
Details about the partnership program, including application requirements and procedures, can be found on DNREC’s website at Resilient Community Partnership. Applications are due no later than close of business (4:30 p.m.), Jan. 11, 2016 and should be emailed to Danielle Swallow or mailed to Delaware Coastal Programs, 100 West Water Suite, Suite 7B, Dover, DE 19904 (Attn: Danielle Swallow). DCP will announce the partnership recipient on or before February 5, 2016.
Delaware Coastal Programs improves local capacity to conserve and manage coastal resources and supports the integration of coastal management principals through local planning and implementation activities.For more information about the Resilient Community Partnership, contact Danielle Swallow, DCP at 302-739-9283.
Vol. 45, No. 385