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Mayor Zimmer Selected for President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience




Hoboken, NJ - Friday, November 1st, 2013

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In recognition of the City of Hoboken’s leadership in preparing for the impacts of climate change, Mayor Dawn Zimmer was selected today as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with extreme weather and other climate impacts.

“One year ago, our community experienced the kind of disaster that will become more and more frequent as a result of climate change,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am honored to be a part of this initiative and look forward to sharing our experiences and lessons to help make communities nation-wide more resilient.“

President Obama established the Task Force today as part of his Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change that cannot be avoided, and lead international efforts to address this global challenge. Mayor Zimmer will use her first-hand experience in addressing local climate impacts to inform the Task Force’s recommendations to the President and ensure they are responsive to the needs of places like Hoboken.

In addition to bringing more frequent and severe storms, floods, heat waves and wildfires, climate change caused by carbon pollution can also increase the risk of asthma attacks and other illnesses. Across America, states, cities, and communities like the City of Hoboken are planning, innovating, and preparing for the impacts of climate change and taking steps to protect themselves from extreme weather. The City of Hoboken is already contending with flooding due to stronger storms and rising sea levels. In 2012, nearly 80 percent of Hoboken was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, resulting in more than $100 million in private property damage, more than $10 million in damage to municipal property, and severe degradation of the region’s transportation network.

Mayor Zimmer has taken action to protect our community from these and other climate impacts. She has developed and is implementing a comprehensive Resiliency and Readiness Plan to protect the City from flooding, power outages, and other increasing threats from climate change and other disasters.

The Federal Government can support local resilience efforts by promoting investments that bolster preparedness, strengthening critical infrastructure and public resources, supporting science and research on local climate impacts, and ensuring that Federal operations and facilities continue to protect and serve Americans in a changing climate.

The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will develop recommendations for the President on how the Federal Government can best support state, local and tribal leaders in their efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change. This will include recommendations for removing Federal barriers to resilient investments, modernizing Federal grant and loan programs to better support local priorities, developing the information and tools we need to prepare our communities, and other relevant measures.

More information on the Task Force on Climate Preparedness is available at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/resilience/taskforce


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