Resilience (Diving Deeper podcast, 6.3.09)
StormSmart Coasts provides a clearinghouse for coastal decision-makers interested in accessing, applying, and sharing resilience information.
Working closely with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Community Resilience Team, NOAA’s Coastal Storms Program helped develop Web sites for the Gulf States that identify what can be done before, during, and after a storm to enhance community resilience. Sites for the five states are live just in time for the start of the 2010 hurricane season. The StormSmart Coasts Network is a Web resource dedicated to helping decision makers in coastal communities address the challenges of storms, flooding, sea level rise, and climate change.
StormSmart provides important guidance to prepare for a disaster, detailed contact information that is critical during a storm, and numerous federal funding resources for recovery.
In addition to the five Gulf States, information is also available for Massachusetts and in development for four more New England states. Site visitors can receive updates from social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.
A sister Web resource, StormSmart Connect, provides a venue for real-time collaboration, allowing users to share documents and expertise.
The network is supported by the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.