From the Port of LA: Survey for Federal Task Force on Climate Resilience and Preparedness

On November 1, 2013, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Resilience and Preparedness to advise the Administration on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate.  In my capacity as Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, I have agreed to help provide input to this Task Force.  As part of the outreach being conducted by local government, state, and tribal representatives serving on the Task Force, we have a unique opportunity to inform this process.

The Task Force is specifically charged with developing recommendations that can be advanced by Executive Order or through existing federal agency authorities. Emphasis is placed on those action-oriented recommendations that can be advanced in the short-term, with the greatest impact to the maximum number of communities.

Respondents are encouraged to focus on ways to:

  • Remove barriers to resilient investments.
  • Modernize grant and loan programs.
  • Provide information and tools to better serve communities.

While the Task Force is addressing a range of issue in the areas of disaster preparedness, natural systems, and community planning, this request for input is focused on issues specific to built systems and especially the area of coastal infrastructure.  As a coastal community stakeholder you are encouraged to consider issues specific to this sector, such as:

  • erosion control/beach management,
  • public/private infrastructure,
  • storm surge,
  • ports/harbors,
  • natural systems

Please take a moment to review the attached survey which contains just 4 brief questions and take advantage of this unique opportunity to influence federal policies and programs that will aid our communities in preparing for a more resilient future.  Please complete this Built Systems Survey for each recommendation you may have and return completed surveys to me via email by March 12, 2014, to allow for a consolidated response to the Task Force.

Thank you in advance for your input!

Michael R. Christensen, P.E.

Deputy Executive Director – Development

 mchristensen@portla.org