One of the priorities identified by the five Gulf states is coastal resilience, defined as the capacity of human and natural/physical systems to adapt to and recover from change. GOMA’s Coastal Resilience Team focuses on risk communication, resilience assessment, and coastal adaption and planning.

The Team has three goals:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of tools and resources to assist coastal stakeholders in becoming more resilient and sustainable
  • Promote the understanding of coastal risks and the availability of resilience and restoration tools for those who live, work, visit, and do business in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Promote adaptation, mitigation, and restoration as strategies to preserve heritage, conserve natural resources, and support the economic viability of the coast

The Coastal Resilience Team is led by the State of Mississippi, but has active participation from all five Gulf States and federal agencies working in the region, as well as academia, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Team’s focus areas and actions in Action Plan III.

The Coastal Resilience Team meets bi-monthly via conference call and hosts 1–2 in-person meetings per year. The next CR Team call is Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Contact the Team Lead for information (meeting agendas, notes, and facilitation).

 

Team Tools and Publications

Alabama Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters — (PDF, 7.88MG) Updated in 2020, the handbook provides actions that can be taken to help homeowners prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property in Alabama.

Louisiana Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters – (PDF, 7.65MG) Updated in 2020, the handbook provides actions that can be taken to help homeowners prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property in Louisiana.

Mississippi Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters – (PDF, 8,18MG) Updated in 2020, the handbook provides actions that can be taken to help homeowners prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property in Mississippi.

Texas Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Natural Hazards – (PDF, 1,764MG) Reprinted in 2020, the handbook provides actions that can be taken to help homeowners prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property in Texas.

  • Keeping Pace: A short guide to navigating sea-level rise models - (PDF, 140KB) This Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative resource is a quick review the importance of model selection, helpful concepts, model categories and an example of how to utilize models to address coastal issues.
  • Ports Resilience Index - A self-assessment tool developed for Port and marine industry leaders. It serves as a simple and inexpensive method of assessing if Ports and the regional marine transportation sector are prepared to maintain operations during and after disasters
  • Resilient Coastal Development through Land Use Planning - (PDF, 1.6MB) A report that presents broad categories of land use tools that can be used by local communities for developing resilient policies in a variety of settings.
  • Homeowner Handbooks - Customized handbooks developed for homeowners in each of the five Gulf States to help prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property. Handbooks include sections on how to prepare before the storm, mitigation measures to increase residential resilience, and insurance options available to homeowners in each state.
  • Community Resilience Index - A tool communities can use to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery.
  • StormSmart Coasts - An online resource for coastal decision makers looking for the latest and best information on how to protect their communities from weather and climate hazards.
  • Clean & Resilient Marinas Initiative - An initiative to promote and expand resilient and environmentally responsible operations and best management practices at marinas in the Gulf region. It is a three-document set including a Guidebook, Policy Guide, and a tri-fold brochure.
  • Coastal CHARM Resilience Tool - With help from GOMA Resilience Team funding, a scenario model called Coastal CHARM was developed and recently showcased at the GOMA All Hands meeting in New Orleans.

Team Chair

Rhonda Price, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Coordinator

Andrew Barrett, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources