Changes in climate are having noticeable effects that include increased likelihood of weather-related natural disasters and sea level rise.
To improve community resiliency to weather-related natural disasters and sea level rise, it is critical to understand and identify risks to coastal communities, as well as inland communities susceptible to flooding. This session will begin with a discussion of risks, including risks to residential communities, public and private entities, and infrastructure. The panel will elaborate on trends in risk assessment for private and public entities. Legal, planning/policy, engineering, and insurance perspectives will provide a well-rounded dialogue regarding climate change risk and solutions. The panel will assess the degree to which communities are susceptible to climate change risks and what tools are available to enable communities to adapt and respond to extreme events. Answers to several questions will be explored. What solutions are being developed in the private sector and how can the public sector apply those solutions? For what are community resources paying? What resources are readily available? What's the future cost of doing nothing? This session will present a holistic approach to community resiliency—knowing, managing, reducing, mitigating, and transferring risks.