Missouri Department of Public Safety
State Emergency Management Agency
31st Annual Missouri State Emergency Management Conference
Climate change is a global phenomenon with local impacts. Missouri’s climate is already experiencing changes: shorter winters, fewer cold extremes, increased annual temperatures, and more heavy and extreme precipitation. These changes will continue to increase in frequency and intensity.
Current and projected climate conditions have impacts on our communities. Challenges to the resilience of Missouri communities will include more intense storms, increased heavy precipitation and flooding, frequency of extreme weather, heat waves, droughts, and wild fires - as well as impacts on Missouri’s most vulnerable populations.
The work and expertise of Missouri’s first responders and emergency management professionals fit naturally for many solutions to reducing these impacts. This is why IAEM-USA recommends that all emergency managers incorporate the short-and long-term effects of climate change in hazard vulnerability analyses, mitigation plans, and comprehensive planning.
This session focused on:
Changes to the climate important for all Missouri emergency managers to anticipate.
Identifying the impacts these changes will have on Missouri communities.
Approaches emergency managers can take to address climate resilience needs.
Ted Redmond is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps Member. This presentation uses original content developed by paleBLUEdot as well as content developed and made available by the Climate Reality Project.
This presentation was developed solely for the 2019 SEMA conference breakout sessions and may only be used by attendees of the conference and unmodified.
Slides are available for download here.