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Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Recommendations

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Task Force On Climate Preparedness and Resilience Across America, states, cities, and communities are taking steps to protect themselves from extreme weather and other climate impacts. As part of his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed an Executive Order on November 1st, 2013 establishing a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience 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 change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

STATEMENT: WRI Reacts to Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Report WASHINGTON (November 17, 2014) — Today, the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released a report on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force, which is composed of 26 mayors, governors, tribal leaders, and other local officials, was established a year ago by President Obama to support the U.S. Climate Action Plan. Specific recommendations to the federal government include incorporating climate resilience into its investments, operations and programs; support climate-smart hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness and recovery efforts; and maximize opportunities that have dual-benefits of increasing community resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Below is a statement from Christina DeConcini, Director of Government Affairs at World Resources Institute:

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