Portsmouth is participating as a PREP pilot community, with a focus on building the capacity of local decision-makers to develop and implement resilience policy and practice, and on engaging the community in dialogue concerning the implications of strong storms and sea level rise, as well as potential solutions. Activities are grounded in the local and regional initiatives, such as the Aquidneck Island Resilience Strategy, and include:

 

  • Building the capacity of municipal boards and commissions on issues related to coastal hazards, such as flooding from storms and rising seas
  • Increasing citizen awareness of coastal hazards and resilience opportunities
  • Supporting the town effort to develop practical, science informed plans to address coastal hazards and build community resilience  
  • Ensuring lessons learned from other communities are shared with Portsmouth and that Portsmouth’s experience with resilience building are transferred to other coastal communities seeking to prepare themselves to withstand climate change impacts