In September, FEMA announced an initial 483 census tracts nationwide that will be eligible for increased federal support to become more resilient to natural hazards and extreme weather worsened by the climate crisis – known as Community Disaster Resilience Zones (CDRZ). FEMA will use the CDRZ designations to direct and manage financial and technical assistance for resilience projects in these areas. The CDRZ designations identify communities most at risk of the effects of natural hazards and climate change using a tailored version of the National Risk Index that takes into consideration socioeconomic vulnerability as well as physical exposure and risk. An initial 32 CDRZ designations have been identified in Florida.

Read FEMA’s press release here. View an interactive map of all CDRZ designations here.