The Albemarle Commission is working with NCORR’s RISE Program to develop a portfolio of priority projects that strengthen regional resilience. This multi-phase effort includes a forward-looking vulnerability assessment, the identification of five to 10 high-priority projects and a list of the actions needed to implement each proposed project. A diverse stakeholder partnership is guiding the project to ensure that the scope of work reflects local priorities. The Albemarle Commission is offering project guidance, a local leader has been hired by the NC Rural Center to provide facilitation support and Tetra Tech is providing technical assistance.
The Duke Energy Foundation awarded Accelerator Grant Program funding to support the following resilience project identified in the Albemarle region's Resilience Project Portfolio:
Stormwater, Water Quality and Flooding Outreach Toolkit
- Applicant: Albemarle Commission
- Amount: $65,000
- Project Summary: The Albemarle Commission will coordinate the development of an outreach toolkit of customizable templates to provide hazard preparedness messaging to the Albemarle regions’ 10 member counties and 15 member municipalities. Designed to be dispersed through local government channels of communication, the templates will target diverse audiences using a variety of methods, including short videos, educational brochures, social media outreach, graphics, and other content, as needed. The outreach materials will help educate residents about the flow of water in the unique environment of the Albemarle region and how they can help reduce flooding and contaminants. The customizable templates could also be shared with local governments outside of the region that need to educate their residents on stormwater, flooding, and water quality.
Review the Climate Resilience Portfolio
The Regional Resilience Project Portfolio for the Albemarle Region identifies priority projects and strategies that reduce the risks associated with extreme weather events and enhance regional resilience. The portfolio aims to produce shovel-ready actions with detailed implementation steps, including estimated costs, potential implementing partners, likely project completion challenges and more.
Review the Vulnerability Assessment
The Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessment for the Albemarle Region is a report describing past problems and future risks associated with extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, extreme temperatures, droughts and wildfires. The report outlines the impacts of these climate hazards on housing, the environment and the economy.
Public Workshop #2: Albemarle Regional Resilience Portfolio Project
Nov. 10, 2022: 6–7 p.m.
Workshop attendees had a chance to learn more about the Albemarle Regional Resilience Portfolio Project and give feedback on potential regional projects and strategies to build future community resilience in Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties. Five to 10 prioritized strategies or projects will be included in the final portfolio, which will identify specific ways to help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters and climate hazards.
Public Workshop #1: Understanding Vulnerability from the Local Perspective
April 7, 2022: 5:30–6:30 p.m. | April 8, 2022: 1:30–2:30 p.m. | April 9, 2022: 10–11 a.m.
During this workshop, community stakeholders learned about the Albemarle Regional Resilience Portfolio Project and provided feedback on regional response and recovery strengths and weaknesses. Participants also had a chance to share personal experiences with disaster preparedness and recovery, and engage in small group discussions about climate hazards.
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For more information about the state's RISE initiative in the Albemarle Commission region, contact NCORR Resilient Communities Program Manager Brian Byfield.
Step 1. Vulnerability Assessment
The first phase of the project is the development of a vulnerability assessment. This analysis brings together science and local knowledge to paint a picture of hazards in the region and how they may change in the future.
Step 2. Propose and Prioritize Projects
The second phase of the project is the development of a portfolio of several projects that have regional benefits for resilience. Proposed projects could include construction projects, nature-based solutions, outreach and capacity building activities, or planning and policy developments. The regional benefit could come in many forms, such as reducing downstream flooding, offering a resource to multiple local governments, or crafting a pilot project with replicability in other places.
A critical component of developing the portfolio is finding achievable paths to implementation, including funding sources and capacity considerations. The region will have the opportunity to select a project for seed funding from the Duke Energy Foundation RISE Accelerator Grant Program.