The adaptation strategies below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks with risk and vulnerability assessments.
Adaptation strategies with risk and vulnerability assessments
- Use maps, historical data, projections, and advice from experts to understand your community’s climate exposure and identify potential threats.
- Understand how extreme weather events and climate change impacts are likely to affect your community’s residents, infrastructure, the economy, and the natural environment.
- Identify an existing economic development board or establish a task force of residents, business owners, and industry representatives to evaluate how the climate change vulnerabilities specific to its community will impact the local economy. Develop a report or other way to communicate findings to the community.
- Pay close attention to the most exposed and affected areas and people in the community to determine their risks.
- Estimate or rank the probability of occurrence of extreme events.
- Release a draft vulnerability assessment to the public to ensure that it resonates with what residents know about their community.
- Use the vulnerability assessment to help draft a climate resilience plan (See Resilience Planning above.)
- Indiana communities can complete the Hoosier Resilience Index’s tailored Readiness Assessment. Midwestern communities from other states can work through the Hoosier Resilience Index’s generic Readiness Assessment.
- Complete the USEPA’s Flood Resilience Checklist.
- Participate in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.
The adaptation strategies provided are intended to inform and assist communities in identifying potential alternatives. They are illustrative and are presented to help communities consider possible ways to address current and future climate threats. Read the full disclaimer.