Because changes to the Earth’s climate may affect the location, frequency, and occurrence of natural hazards, including tropical cyclones, floods, winter storms, and wildfires, the historical data that typically provides the basis for hazard identification and risk assessment may not accurately forecast future events. In a report entitled Why the Emergency Management Community Should be Concerned about Climate Change: A Discussion of the Impact of Climate Change on Selected Natural Hazards, CNA discusses how climate change could affect the identification and selection of disaster mitigation strategies, the types of preparedness activities that jurisdictions undertake, the execution of response operations, and the implementation of long-term recovery strategies.
► Climate Change and Emergency Management - Summary (View pdf)
► Why the Emergency Management Community Should be Concerned about Climate Change - Full Report
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Climate change has the potential to fundamentally transform the nation’s understanding of homeland security and public safety and to affect capabilities to adapt to emergencies. In response, CNA examines the impact of climate change on U.S. policy in such reports as Climate Change, Migration, and Emergencies: In Search of a Policy Framework. This report specifically focuses on how climate change will interact with migration, both as a cause of large-scale population displacements and, in turn, as a consequence of shifting settlement patterns.
► Climate Change, Migration, and Emergencies - Summary (View pdf)
► Climate Change, Migration, and Emergencies - Full Report (View on line • View pdf)