Citywide Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Update


The City of Hollywood is embarking on a Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) update to understand and address the challenges a changing climate poses in our community. This study builds on the assessment completed in 2020 to ensure compliance with the new state law (s. 380.093 F.S.) and maintain the City’s eligibility for infrastructure funding through the Resilient Florida Grant Program. The comprehensive assessment aims to equip us with the knowledge and tools to address these challenges. Through strategic planning, innovative engineering, and community engagement, the City is prioritizing a resilient and sustainable future for Hollywood.

What is a Climate Vulnerability Assessment?

A vulnerability assessment is a systematic process to reveal and understand the potential susceptibilities of a community to adverse impacts of climate-related hazards. In the case of the City of Hollywood Climate Vulnerability Assessment, it leverages scientific data pertaining to climate hazards, drawing from various trusted sources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This scientific information is combined with input from the City's residents and businesses to gain insights into the existing and future challenges of the community. The assessment will also examine critical assets of the City on an asset-by-asset level. The Climate Vulnerability Assessment is the first step in developing a comprehensive plan to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

 How is this Project Funded?

Grant dollars fully fund this project. The City received an $800,000 grant from the Resilient Florida Grant Program through the Department of Environmental Protection to perform the updated assessment. 

Note: This work was funded in part through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Resilient Florida Program. The views, statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida or any of its subagencies.

What does this assessment include?

The CVA includes detailed modeling of the vulnerability of the entire city to climate-related hazards such as sea level rise, tidal flooding, storm surge, and compound flooding. It also includes public outreach meetings and community engagement, detailed critical asset evaluation, and adaptive solutions for critical assets. Once the adaptation strategies are identified, the projects are prioritized.

The graphic shows the process of a vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan.

How Can You Help?

As representatives of our community, your insights, concerns, and ideas contribute to developing effective strategies that align with the unique needs of our community.

Your input is invaluable. Please take our survey to help shape the direction of the assessment.

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