Missouri’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Resources for Emergency Managers

Summary:
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 will focus on:

  • Changes to the climate important for all Missouri emergency managers to anticipate.

  • Identifying the impacts these changes will have on Missouri communities.

  • Resources and approaches emergency managers can take to address climate resilience needs.

 

About the Presenter:
Ted Redmond
Registered Architect
Urban Planner

Co-Founder, paleBLUEdot LLC

Ted is a registered architect, sustainability consultant, and climate action planner with over 25 years of experience.  As an architect, Ted an expertise in public safety with over 60 Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s facilities nationally.  As a climate and sustainability consultant, he has an expertise in delivering community vulnerability and adaptation, Greenhouse Gas, energy, and water consumption Inventories and Reduction Action Plans.  His recent experience includes assessments and mitigation/adaptation efforts for 36 communities and 13 non-governmental organizations.  Ted also has experience facilitating public engagement and input processes, both as a professional consultant as well as through his many years as a community volunteer leader. 

Ted is also a national solar pv technical expert for the US Department of Energy.  His work with the DOE includes technical assistance for community driven solar projects nationally as well as serving as a national solar technology trainer for architects and engineers.