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 Virtual Sessions

Coastal Resilience All Team Call
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
10:00 am central
Link to Adobe Connect:

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Coastal Resilience Priority Issue Team has scheduled a Team web call on Action Plan IV development.
Contact the Team’s lead for more information about this call.

Team Fall Meeting

The Team annual Fall Meeting was December 11-12, 2019 in Gulfport, Mississippi. See what was on the 2019 draft meeting agenda.

You can listen to the 2018 American Shoreline Podcast Network for an “Introduction to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience Team” and a “GOMA Roundtable” discussion.

Regional Coastal Resilience Grant – 2017 Community Projects

The NOAA Office of Coastal Management awarded a 3-year grant to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance in 2016. Funds supported 10 community pilot projects.  Gulf Coast communities submitted project ideas that addressed a resilience need or gap identified through a vulnerability assessment such as the Community Resilience Index. The awarded communities are listed below.

  • Alabama: The City of Fairhope, Alabama
  • Florida: South Florida Regional Planning Council; New Port Richey, Florida; and the City of Treasure Island, Florida
  • Mississippi: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Louisiana: Covington, Louisiana; Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for Terrebonne and LaFourche Parishes
  • Texas: South Padre Island, Texas; Rockport, Texas; and Aransas County, Texas

GOMA’s Community Impacts Report (pgs. 12-20) highlights awarded communities. In addition, video case studies are available.

Get a complete compendium of reports and resources produced from this award.

Gulf Star 2017 Awards

  • Fostering Resilient Building Practices | Smart Home America
    This project educates decision-makers on state-based mitigation programs, policies, and tools to promote resilient building practices and trains them in the FORTIFIED Home Program. This program helps homeowners become more resilient by strengthening their homes against severe weather.
  • Pointe-Au-Chien Community ResilienceFirst People’s Conservation Council, Louisiana Sea Grant, and Lowlander Center 
    Focused on improving community resilience for the Pointe-Au-Chien Indian Tribe in coastal Louisiana, this project assists the community in performing a self-assessment and implementing habitat restoration and resilience projects to address identified vulnerabilities.

Gulf Star 2016 Awards

  • Regional Coastal Resilience | Various Gulf Communities
    This project provides small grants to 10 communities to implement programs that will enhance their coastal resilience.  Selected communities are eligible to receive up to $45,000 in funding assistance as well as technical assistance from state and federal agencies and local knowledge experts.
  • Linking Science Communication and Municipal Planning | University of Texas Marine Science Institute
    This project brings scientific researchers together with planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers to facilitate deeper understanding of resiliency issues along the Texas coastal bend.
  • Cross-Sector Snapshot of Community Resilience | Louisiana Sea Grant
    This project uses the four Resilience Indices (Community Resilience Index, Ports Resilience Index, Tourism Resilience Index, and Fisheries Resilience Index) within the Morgan City, Louisiana community to develop a cross-sector evaluation of overall community resilience.

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.

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