From obtaining water desalination plants and coordinating debris removal to planning outdoor movie nights and children’s workshops to brighten families’ spirits, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program has been partnering with various organizations to provide much-needed services to communities.
A community-based comprehensive mitigation plan will help communities identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.
Faced with the increased likelihood of extreme weather events due to climate change, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program is also looking toward the long-term well-being of the communities within the Estuary. Mitigation planning is the key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Every $1 spent on mitigation measures ahead of a disaster saves $4 down the road, according to the National Institute of Building Sciences.
Within the metropolitan region of Puerto Rico, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program will lead the efforts of designing a community-focused Hazard Mitigation Plan for this nationally recognized estuary watershed and system. The cost for the design of such a plan is estimated at $100,000, and its implementation in the long term is estimated at $2.5 million.
A comprehensive community-focused mitigation plan will help communities lead the efforts of assessing their ecosystems after Hurricane Maria, identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. This plan will allow the San Juan Bay Estuary Program to guide stakeholders, partners and constituents in the processes of rebuilding more resilient communities, responding to the needs identified by the communities themselves. Consider supporting this essential initiative.