Friday, January 23, 2015

Record flooding, tornadoes, devastating hurricanes, winter blizzards, derecho-type storms, you name it, Maryland has seen it all in the last decade. And according to climate change experts, it’s not a question of “if” a disaster is going to strike, but “when?”

That’s why the Baltimore Office of Sustainability wants all Baltimore residents to be prepared. How? There are three ways:
By working together to prepare for natural disasters, we can make Baltimore a more resilient and sustainable city.

THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND PLANNING PROJECT (DP3)

The Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) is a new initiative by the Department of Planning that combines three different planning elements to become one final DP3 plan. Recognizing the City’s current vulnerability to the impacts of severe hazard events, Baltimore has undertaken a thorough, forward-thinking approach to the hazard mitigation planning process. Baltimore’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) was created by the Department of Planning as an effort to address existing hazards while simultaneously preparing for predicted hazards due to climate change. This project develops a program that integrates hazards mitigation planning, floodplain mapping, and climate adaptation planning. DP3 links research, outreach, and actions to create a comprehensive and new risk-preparedness system for addressing existing and future impacts.

More information can be found on the Office of Sustainability website: www.baltimoresustainability.org

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