In September 2015, the FIU Sea Level Solutions Center partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to host the National Exercise Program Climate Adaptation and Resilience Exercise Seminar in South Florida. The seminar brought together public, private and nonprofit sector decision makers, to build climate change resiliency. The goal was to provide local community leaders with the knowledge and tools to assess and improve their capabilities to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from climate impacts; including sea level rise, drought and wildfires, heatwaves, floods, powerful storms and other hazards (FIU News). The seminar participants received climate science information, discussed adaptation and resilience strategies, and designed seminars, workshops and simulated scenarios to evaluate climate resilience planning. This event set the stage for building a sustainable “Climate Adaptation, Preparedness and Resilience Seminar” program across the country.
The National Exercise Program (NEP) is the Nation’s exercise program. This national initiative serves as the principal mechanism for examining the preparedness and readiness of the United States across the entire homeland security and management enterprise. The purpose of the NEP is to design, coordinate, conduct, and evaluate exercises that rigorously test the Nation’s ability to perform missions and functions that prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. As a component of the National Preparedness System, the NEP provides a consistent method to examine and validate federal and whole community partner capabilities, which in turn indicate the Nation’s progress in reaching the National Preparedness Goal.