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The Coast is Clear

June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. It’s important for East Coast communities to be prepared for storms and natural disasters that can affect health and safety, limit access to roads, cause property and tree damage, and loss of electricity.

At the Universities of Connecticut and Rhode Island, a team of Extension and Sea Grant educators is addressing coastal preparedness with funding from the Smith-Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program. UConn Extension has created a preparedness education program to help people, including those with pets and livestock, prepare for storm emergencies. UConn Extension’s EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) website contains a range of research-based emergency preparedness resources.

Pamela Rubinoff, a researcher from the University of Rhode Island is developing Rapid PACE (rapid Property Assessment of Coastal Exposure), a storm mapping, assessment, and planning tool for municipal officials and coastal communities.

The tool aggregates map data from multiple sources to generate user-friendly reports that pinpoint how storms affect particular parcels of land in coastal Rhode Island.

Learn more about New England emergency preparation efforts.

Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

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