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Climate Change in FEMA’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

FEMA_16321_-_Photograph_by_Win_Henderson_taken_on_09-16-2005_in_LouisianaIn case you missed it, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released it’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan on July 15th. This comes on the heels of the release of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) by FEMA’s parent department, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to the summary by FEMA, the plan “reflects objectives the Agency will accomplish to provide the best possible support to the American people before, during, and after disasters.” In addition to a strong focus on risk management and preparedness, the strategic plan includes explicit mention of the risks related to climate change and the need to better integrate those risks into the Agency’s plans. (more…)

Janet Napolitano and DHS on Climate Change and Homeland Security

DHS Secretary Janet NapolitanoJanet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-2013, has just stepped down to assume the presidency of the University of California multi-school system. During her tenure as Secretary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advanced attention to the real security risks of a changing climate. As she stated last summer: (more…)

Darrell West: “A Vision for Homeland Security in the Year 2025”

The Brookings Institution’s Darrell West, Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, has recently issued an interesting paper titled “A Vision for Homeland Security in the Year 2025.” Summarizing the takeaways from an event held in November of last year, the goal of which was to “help shape strategic thinking for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its critical stakeholders, and the nation” the paper highlights some critical future challenges, including the security implications of climate change, and related impacts on water availability and other “natural catastrophes.” It’s worth a look.

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano on Climate Change

Yesterday, the Hill reported comments from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano suggesting the possibility of a link between abnormal weather patterns over the past few years, and climate change. According to the Secretary: (more…)