Reduce Your Risk

Although your community has little control over exposure to climate impacts such as increasing temperatures or thawing permafrost, you can still reduce your vulnerability by decreasing your sensitivity to climate risks.

Things you can do

Grow your economy

hatchery

Jaqueline Ramsey, Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, describes the process for analyzing water samples for ocean acidification to the Alaska Ocean Acidification Tribal Working Group.

Having a diverse economy reduces the likelihood that climate-driven disruptions such as wildfires or severe storms will have widespread and costly negative impacts.

You can reduce risk by starting small businesses that can thrive with local resources, instead of depending on outside resources that must be shipped from the Lower 48.

You can also support local businesses that align with community values and create jobs for community members, providing additional income and skills in the community.

Preserve health and adapt culture
Improve infrastructure

Resources for reducing your risk

Categories: Economy, Emergency, Health & Culture, Infrastructure, Mitigation

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Alaska Climate Resilience

Alaskans have been working in diverse arenas to reach common goals of ensuring economic opportunity, health, and safety for everyone in Alaska—now, and in the years to come—as our environment continues to change. Learn how the State of Alaska is working to increase resilience.

data-expertise economy emergency health-culture infrastructure mitigation monitoring
Alaska Coastal Hazards Program

The Alaska Coastal Hazards Program investigates how the coastline has evolved and how it will respond to hazardous events and long-term changes.

infrastructure
Alaska Fisheries Business Assistance (Fishbiz)

Resources for managing the business side of an Alaska commercial fishing operation.

economy
Alaska Food Policy Council

Works to create a healthier, more secure, and more self-reliant Alaska by improving our food system. Its newsletters often include grants for food-related projects.

health-culture
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School

Maintains Alaska Native culture and curriculum in Anchorage.

education health-culture
Alaska Native Knowledge Network

Provides resources for Indigenous knowledge in education and other applications.

education health-culture
Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection

Works to integrate the private and public sector critical infrastructure owners into the municipal, state, and federal emergency framework, participating in all stages of the disaster cycle, from preparedness and mitigation through to response and recovery.

emergency infrastructure
Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Helps Alaskans with the practical use and conservation of the state’s marine and freshwater resources.

economy health-culture leadership
ANTHC Climate Change Assessments

To assess climate change impacts on public health, ANTHC completed Climate Change Health Assessments for several Alaska communities.

health-culture
Catalog of Federal Resilience Programs for Alaska

Helps Alaska communities identify federal resources that can support local efforts to gather and evaluate information about the risks posed by coastal erosion and other hazards.

infrastructure
Center for Environmentally Threatened Communities

Supports rural Alaska communities experiencing infrastructure impacts resulting from flooding, erosion, and melting permafrost. Helps communities secure funding for infrastructure projects, and provides grant training and technical assistance.

education infrastructure
Climate Science Primer and Projections for the Middle Kuskokwim

Covers the basics of climate science, including models, trends, and impacts on temperature, precipitation, permafrost, vegetation, wildfire, hydrology, invasive species, and subsistence resources for Georgetown, Alaska.

health-culture
Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance

Works with UAF researchers to support rural Alaska communities in long-term self-reliance and sustainability through community-driven research.

data-expertise health-culture
Environmental Health Field Services

Works with Tribal partners and communities to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health of Alaska Native people.

data-expertise health-culture
Foundations for Modular Buildings, Unstable Soils, and Floodplains

Multipoint Foundations was developed in response to continued demand for a foundation strong enough to withstand the rigors of flooding, permafrost, and other variable soils.

infrastructure mitigation
Get Help with Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard Mitigation Plans may be integrated into community or comprehensive plans. FEMA requires baseline data of normal conditions to which changes resulting from disaster or hazardous events can be compared.

emergency
Iñupiaq Immersion School

The only Iñupiaq immersion school in the United States.

education health-culture
Ilisagvik College

A two-year tribal college in Utqiagvik.

education health-culture
Native Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change

An online video library focused on climate change, its impacts to Savoonga and Shaktoolik, as well as their response strategies.

mitigation vulnerability
Personal Preparedness Guidelines

Offers guidelines and a checklist for personal emergency preparedness, including a set of guidelines specifically for Alaska Native communities.

emergency
Rural Alaska Monitoring Program

RAMP is a tribally-designed, village-based, resident-operated program to monitor existing and emerging climate-mediated threats to village food and water security, and to provide data for adaptation strategies.

health-culture monitoring
Scenario Planning for the North Slope

Scenarios that describe how resource development could occur and what monitoring efforts would be useful to help protect people and the environment as conditions change.

economy
Solar Design Manual for Alaska

Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules continue to improve, and efficiencies above 20% are becoming common for commercially available panels. Learn more in this manual.

infrastructure
Yuut Elitnaurviat

Provides training for local jobs that combines intensive academics and on-the-job training in Bethel.

education health-culture