ASAP Houston Resilience Team
The ASAP Houston Resilience Team is braintrust of ASAP and non-ASAP members interested in volunteering their time, expertise, energy and connections to support resilience efforts in the Houston Region post Hurricane Harvey. Early meetings identified six potential task areas and as of October 2017 work in the first three of these areas is under way. We hope you’ll join us and stay engaged with the Houston Resilience efforts!
Task Group 1. Funding and financial instruments to apply to resilience efforts
Description: This group is asked to cover two specific areas. First, for the short-term, strategies for the identification and utilization of post-disaster recovery dollars. Second, and more long-term, identification and recommendation of strategies for storm risk mitigation funding, particularly for flooding, storm surge and extreme heat.
– Traditional response instruments (including FEMA, Hazard Mitigation funds, and HUD Funds)
– Non-traditional funding mechanisms, green bonds, resilience valuation into the CIP processes, emerging instruments for resilience)
Task Group 2. Resilience beyond the flood – Understanding the Regulatory Environment
Description – This group focuses on strategies to move from recovery to resilience. How do we make a more seamless transition to long-term resilience after a major disaster and start to include a more comprehensive view of resilience within a community? This task includes researching what statutory authorities currently exist in the City of Houston, Harris County, and surrounding smaller cities impacted by Harvey to incorporate resilience ideas and plans into their recovery and what legal arguments can be used if the Governor and the State Legislature decide to preempt any actions that they do not agree with that these communities may want to undertake.
Task Group 3. Historically disadvantaged communities and inclusion
Description – This group will focus on best practices and strategies to enhance recovery efforts for these communities post Harvey and move toward strategies that would mitigate future risk from flooding and other significant resilience issues in Houston, particularly extreme heat, food security and storm surge along the Ship Channel in fence line communities.
Task Group 4. Resilience Team Development Task Group – evaluation team for the team
Description – This task group develops the framework for this ASAP Houston Resilience Team to function within and ensure that processes are documented and replicable in other areas.
Task Group 5. Methods and tools for making sense of exposure and sensitivity data
Description: HARC is receiving funding to collect data specific to Harvey impacts, from air, to water, to power outages. HARC also has been funded to develop a data sharing platform specific to flooding and storm water mitigation in our region. The FTP for the first project will be out shortly. Best practices of methods on how to utilize this data and conduct post-disaster analysis would be helpful.
Task Group 6. Case study collection and curation
Case studies and approaches to private sector engagement, business community leadership, cities adopting resilience standards,recovery and resilience planning governance and decision making and methods for cost/benefit analysis that includes resilience as a variable in the calculation; quantify resilience cost/benefits and include in resilience decision making