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The history of billion-dollar disasters in
the United States each year from 1980
to 2021, showing event type (colors),
frequency (left-hand vertical axis) and
cost (right-hand vertical axis).
could determine success or failure.
During a disaster: Depending on
the type of disaster, parks can serve
several different functions. For example,
during a heat wave, parks with
splash pads and adequate tree canopy
provide a cooling oasis for residents
who lack air conditioning. Going a
step further, park departments can
create designated " cooling centers "
in
publicly owned air-conditioned
buildings, which is exactly what Burlington,
Vermont, did during a dangerous
heat wave this past summer
(tinyurl.com/yckarvan). Parks also
can serve as disaster response headquarters
or distribution sites. During
summer of 2020, firefighters battling
the Woodward Fire in California established
their Incident Command
Post at the San Geronimo Commons
- an old golf course that The
Trust for Public Land and its partners
turned into a publicly accessible park.
The property has since been used to
host coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
and vaccination events, community
blood drives and drive-thru food
banks, among other activities.
After a disaster: If your community
has flooded, been impacted by
wildfire or experienced a prolonged
heat wave or drought, there's a decent
chance it will happen again. After
a disaster occurs, take stock of the
damage and then assess how you can
reduce your vulnerability the next
time. Often that might mean replacing
built infrastructure with parks and
green spaces designed for future climate
conditions. For example, back
in 2002, Atlanta's historic Vine City
neighborhood suffered catastrophic
flooding that damaged hundreds of
homes. Instead of simply rebuilding,
the community created a new vision
for the neighborhood, anchored by
a state-of-the-art park designed with
green infrastructure that collects and
manages 9 million gallons of stormwater.
Created by The Trust for Public
Land and City of Atlanta, Cook
Park now protects 160 acres of adjacent
property (and the residents who
live there) from flooding (tinyurl.
com/2p84jd79).
There are many ways to incorporate
parks or entire park systems
into hazard-mitigation planning,
response and recovery efforts. To
learn more, see FEMA's guide to
nature-based solutions, which includes
a more in-depth overview of
planning processes, funding sources
and other best practices (tinyurl.
com/4kepsnwu).
Taj Schottland is Associate Director, National Climate
Program at The Trust for Public Land (taj.schottland@tpl.org).
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