Harris County, other 'disaster resilience zones' get support for climate change impact
Harris and Galveston counties in Texas have been designated as "disaster resilience zones" under the Community Disaster Resilience Zones Act of 2022. This designation makes these areas eligible for increased federal support to enhance their resilience to natural disasters and extreme weather events. The Act directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify census tracts across the nation that are vulnerable to natural hazards and prioritize financial and technical assistance for resilience projects. Harris and Galveston counties have census tracts that ranked among the top 50 in the National Risk Index within Texas and are considered disadvantaged communities. The aim is to help communities build resilience against the increasing intensity and frequency of climate change-related events. FEMA is working with communities to develop climate resilience projects and secure funding for implementation.