Small Cities and Rural Communities
SAFECOM was formed in 2001 after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 as part of the Presidential E-Government Initiative to improve public safety interoperability, allowing emergency responders to communicate effectively before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. SAFECOM’s mission is to improve designated emergency response providers’ inter-jurisdictional and inter-disciplinary emergency communications interoperability through collaboration with emergency responders across Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and international borders.
Sample Indor Air Quality Proposal for the West Allis Police building, proposed by Graef-USA Inc.
An FHWA guide to assessing the vulnerability of transportation assets to climate change and extreme weather events which was mentioned during the FHWA Climate & Extreme Weather Risk Management Tools webcast.
The IDA is helping communities revitalize their downtown areas as they face transportation, suburbanization and technology challenges. The site includes lists of members, products and services.
Indoor Air Quality Survey proposal from AECOM Technical Services submitted to and provided by the City of West Allis, Wisconsin.
The Transportation Climate Change Sensitivity Matrix, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, documents the sensitivity of transportation modes and sub-modes to 11 climate impacts: storm surge, wind, sea level rise/extreme high tides/coastal flooding, inland flooding, drought, increased temperatures and extreme heat, wildfires, dust storms, permafrost thaw, changes in freeze/thaw, and winter storms. Users may select a specific mode (e.g., bridges) and explore its sensitivity to a range of impacts, or they may select a specific impact (e.g., wind) and explore the sensitivity of different modes to that impact. Detailed instructions are included within the tool.
The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Climate Data Processing Tool, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will process raw climate model outputs from the World Climate Research Programme's CMIP3 and CMIP5 into relevant statistics for transportation planners. These statistics include changes in the frequency of very hot days and extreme precipitation events and other climate characteristics that may affect transportation infrastructure and services by the middle and end of the century. Detailed instructions are included within the User's Guide, including information on the difference between the CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate Data Processing Tools and how to select the right one for your situation.
The Guide to Assessing Criticality in Transportation Adaptation Planning document discusses common challenges associated with assessing criticality, options for defining criticality and identifying scope, and the process of applying criteria and ranking assets. It includes brief case study examples that show how different transportation agencies have approached the process of defining criticality and identifying critical assets, and includes an appendix describing the criteria used to identify critical assets in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Gulf Coast Study.
For five years, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been conducting a groundbreaking climate change vulnerability assessment pilot in Mobile, Alabama. Commonly known as Phase 2 of the Gulf Coast Study, this project’s mission was to develop methods, resources, and tools that will assist transportation agencies with conducting climate change vulnerability assessments and evaluating facility-level adaptation options. The archive of the webcast is now available.
The Chemical Defense Program (CDP), under the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs (OHA), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have published the document titled “Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities.”
The City of Ellensburg allows for latecomer's agreements to be established for developers to recover costs from others whom benefit from main extensions (usually properties fronting on adjacent sides of main). City policy is for developers to extend mains to furthest extent of property as well. The City also has a policy to pay developers for oversizing costs (standard water/sewer main sizes are 8" diameter). When comprehensive plans call for larger trunk mains in an extension, City will pay cost difference above the 8". 7/2012
Sample policy from City of Beloit, WI
TwHP program has posted two on-line lesson plans based on historic places, The Greatest Dam in the World: Building Hoover Dam and Making the Desert Bloom: The Rio Grande Project.
Four presentations with speaker’s script available for member use in training.
In 1900, Congress granted the American Red Cross (ARC) its charter, charging the volunteer organization with providing services to members of military as well as delivering assistance to disaster victims. The ARC web site provides information on domestic and international disaster recovery efforts and provides topical emergency and safety preparedness information.
This document contains planning guidance documents and other materials based on the National RTAP work.
CTAA is an association of organizations and individuals committed to improving mobility for the estimated 75 million people at risk of being unable to provide or afford their own transportation and who are likely to be dependent upon others for their mobility.
CTAA's web site includes the full text of many of their publications, including the Status Report on Public Transportation in Rural America. The online National Transit Resource Center serves transportation providers, planners, and passengers with publications, peer support, advice and assistance.
West Virginia University web site with links to the National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities, National Small Flows Clearinghouse, National Drinking Water Clearinghouse, and National Onsite (wastewater treatment) Demonstration Project. All of these web sites offer training and information for small and rural communities.
This periodical from the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service contains nontechnical articles on the results of new rural research and what those results mean. Shows the practical application of research in rural banking, aging, housing, the nonmetro labor force, poverty, and the effect of farm policies on rural areas. Issues online from 1996 to present.
Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse has news and information about sprawl, including analyses of state
legislation and local policies and programs, best practices to reduce sprawl, a periodic
newsletter, and links to other resources and partnering organizations.
The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service tracks rural economic and social trends in rural Americas including rural industries; changes in Federal programs and funding affecting rural areas; and socioeconomic trends in such areas as employment and earnings, poverty, housing, farm labor, and population.