In 2009, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs began working together to form the Climate Community of Practice. The Climate Community of Practice is setup to allow local-decision makers and extension, outreach and educators to work together to incorporate all types of coastal hazards into Gulf Coast communities comprehensive plans. We hold annual workshops so that we can work together and learn from one another to develop a set of effective common approaches for extension, outreach and educators to work with federal, state and local decision-makers, such as planners, emergency managers, coastal zone managers and other appropriate occupations, to adapt and become more resilient to coastal hazards.
We have can provide you with plenty of resources and guidance to help you and your community identify methods of incorporating coastal hazards into your community’s comprehensive plans. Many of our resources can be found in our toolkit page.
We keep an ongoing dialogue on StormSmart Connect, which is a professional networking site. It is similar to other popular social networking sites, but the benefit of this tool is that professionals, such as yourself, can access the site at work. This tool is an excellent way to work together to develop effective adaptation strategies towards coastal hazards.
We invite you to join our discussion at StormSmart Connect to work with other professionals and to find more information and resources. We mainly use StormSmart Connect to communicate, but on occasion we do send e-mails, if you would like to join our mailing list, please use this link to fill out your contact information.
Looking for organizations involved with the Climate Outreach Community of Practice, use our map to find more information about each program and organization along with a link to their website.