Tracking NOAA Activities to Improve Coastal Hazard Resilience

NOAA met its 2010, 2011, and 2012 Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) goal to improve resilience in the nation's coastal communities.

What is Resilience?
Resilience is the increased capacity of a community exposed to hazards to (1) absorb impacts while maintaining an acceptable level of functioning; (2) reduce the amount of time and financial resources needed to return to full level of functioning; and (3) adapt to future risks by learning from past disasters and adopting risk reduction measures. Improving community resilience is a continuous effort that requires ongoing local attention and action.

What does NOAA do to Improve Coastal Hazard Resilience?
NOAA’s activities are diverse, including research, data development, modeling, forecasting, decision-support tool development, technical support, outreach, education, information delivery, and training to support community efforts to enhance their resilience.

How does NOAA Track its Efforts to Improve Coastal Hazard Resilience?
NOAA activities are assessed through a GRPA measure: Percentage of U.S. coastal states and territories demonstrating 20% or more annual improvement in resilience capacity to weather and climate hazards. This measure assesses the collective annual efforts of three NOAA offices—the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the NOAA Sea Grant Program—including (1) training to increase the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of state and local officials; (2) technical assistance to improve community understanding and consideration of coastal hazard and climate risks; and (3) local outcomes as evidenced by the development and implementation of effective community-based hazard and climate resilience plans, policies, and actions.

For NOAA to meet the 20% or more annual improvement in resilience capacity for a coastal state or territory, NOAA must meet or exceed predefined performance targets for training, technical assistance, and/or planning and policy outcomes in coastal counties representing at least 20% of the state's total coastal population.

Damage from Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, MS

Damage from Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, MS.
Credit: Personnel of the NOAA Ship THOMAS JEFFERSON, NOAA

Construction in Gulfport, MS

Volunteer housing construction during post Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Gulfport, MS.
Credit: George Armstrong, FEMA

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NOAA activities assessed through the coastal hazard resilience GPRA measure in 2012.