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Adapt for the Future

Resiliency Adaptation

Extreme weather events are becoming more common and significantly more costly. The South Florida Community offers amazing quality of life benefits, however, it also faces many challenges including threats from the Climate Crisis. Miami Beach and Miami are the first and seventh-most vulnerable cities in the world as far as assets at risk from Sea Level Rise. Quality of life indicators will most likely become more stressed with the continued issues of Climate Change.

FEMA Flood maps are set to be updated one year later than expected, now set for October 2021. Current policies are less expensive than they should be due to outdated risk modeling that does not consider sea-level rise or tidal flooding and inaccurate mapping. The outdated thinking of overspending on insurance, and then rebuilding what was there, will no longer work. We must make data-driven decisions and build infrastructure to protect our communities. Properties that create adaptation infrastructure and policy have seen reduced flood insurance costs and increased property value.

Future Vision Services plans for resilience across all our services and is a South Florida expert on resiliency adaptation of the built and natural environments of our unique location.

Figure 19.3 Historical Change in Heavy P
Billion Dollar Disaster Event Types by Year NOAA
Figure 19.7 Annual Number of High Tide F

Resiliency Adaptation Services

Explore Assets & Hazards – Identify climate and non-climate stressors, understand local climate and weather hazards, identify assets.

Determine Vulnerability – Categorize the sensitivity, adaptive capacity, vulnerability, and estimate the climate risk to the assets.

Climate Change Adaptation & Hazard Mitigation Planning – Identifying and prioritizing strategies for managing risk and reducing vulnerability through planning and policy.

Community Planning – Consolidate actions into a cohesive plan and create a sequence of actions while looking for opportunities to combine actions for cost savings.  

Data Gathering and Evaluation 

Green Infrastructure design

Report preparation

Community outreach and presentations 

Street Planning

Transit Planning 

Planning and Zoning & building code recommendations 

Master Planning  

View of earth from space, with the curved shape of the earth visible, and the state of Florida in the center, with some cloud cover

Early Adaptation

The cities that will thrive in the twenty-first century will be where governments invested in comprehensive mitigation and resilience strategies, to not just help mitigate the effects of the climate crisis but to also massively enhance economic prosperity, attract the most talented people – and, not incidentally, make cities far better places to live. At-risk are our livelihoods, ecosystems, quality of life, city credit ratings, insurance options, and much more.

The urgency of timely, ambitious, coordinated,
and transformative actions is imperative.

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