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CONSERVATION
A partial view of the Incident Command
Center established at the San Geronimo
Commons Property in response to the
Woodward Fire in California.
The Role of Parks in Disaster Planning,
Recovery and Response
By Taj Schottland
T
urn on the news, and there's a good chance you'll hear about a natural
disaster striking a community somewhere in the United States. That's
because natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more severe
as the climate crisis accelerates, and also because communities
continue to develop areas vulnerable to climate-driven hazards. Data from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration paint a stark picture. Billondollar
disasters are increasing, and in 2021 alone, we experienced 20 such
weather-related disasters, causing $145 billion in damages (see chart, p. 27).
Parks can have a positive impact
before, during and after a disaster
strikes. Here are a few ways parks
help reduce community vulnerability
and improve resilience.
Before disaster strikes:
According to the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), on average, every $1
spent on natural hazard mitigation
saves $6 in future disaster costs
(tinyurlcom/2p9yx72w). FEMA's
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new report, Building Community
Resilience With Nature-Based
Solutions, lays out a path for
incorporating
parks
and
other
green spaces into hazard planning
(tinyurl.com/4kepsnwu).
Naturebased
solutions, including specially
designed parks, trails and green
spaces, can reduce flooding, cool
cities during dangerous heat waves,
protect against wildfires and more.
Your town likely already has a
hazard-mitigation plan that identifies
the major threats to your community,
along with strategies to reduce your
vulnerability. As a practical step, find
out who is leading your city's hazardmitigation
or climate-adaptation plan
and start a conversation about integrating
parks into those efforts.
Parks
also
provide
less
tangible,
but equally important, benefits.
We know parks can help build
social cohesion (tinyurl.com/
55xwk7rf), which is a key ingredient
to a community's resilience
(tinyurl.com/2cuphmz9). The way
we design and program parks can
help facilitate human interactions,
create bonds between neighbors, and
strengthen respect and trust among
community members. During times
of disaster, a strong social fabric
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND/ERICA WILLIAMS
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