Resilience: The ability to adapt to changing conditions, and to withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies (NOAA NOS).
Hurricane Sandy forced this homeowner to rebuild. The foundation is being elevated to prevent flooding during future storms. Photo credit: Barbara Ellen Koch.
As our climate shifts and extremes become the new normal, many of southeastern Pennsylvania’s communities are at risk of increased flooding and more intense summer heat waves. Planning for and building resilience to these extreme events before they occur is key to helping communities bounce back more quickly.
On the following pages, you’ll learn more about how greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) can be mitigated, explore some of the tools available for community adaptation to sea level rise and climate change, and shine a spotlight on successful strategies communities are using to improve their resilience to extreme heat, floods, and storms.