Shana Udvardy

Climate Preparedness Specialist

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Shana Udvardy is the climate preparedness specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts. Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. See Shana's full bio.

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When the Floods are Certain But (NOAA’s) Funds Are Not

Did you know? Arriving tomorrow and continuing over the weekend, our coasts can expect some of the highest tides and most extensive flooding of the year (we’ll see these King Tides again in July and August). The number of days with coastal flooding is expected to be 35% above normal this year, and “normal” already includes a steep increase over historic levels, courtesy of sea level rise. Well underway is an extra-active Atlantic hurricane season.

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A Priority List for Trump’s New FEMA Chief

Tomorrow morning Congress is expected to confirm the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, Brock Long, who will serve as the principal advisor on emergency management under President Trump and John F. Kelly, the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.* In my previous blog, I mentioned 5 reasons why this was welcome news.

Once Mr. Long is in place, here’s a priority list to ensure he hits the ground running.

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Senate Confirmation Hearing. June 7, 2017.

5 Reasons Why Congress Should Immediately Greenlight the Nation’s Natural Disaster Responder-in-Chief

One thing this Congress seems to agree on is who the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator will be.  The Senate is expected to take an evening confirmation vote on the nomination of Brock Long to be FEMA’s Administrator this coming Monday. Read more >

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2017). https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/
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North Carolina Army National Guardsmen and local emergency services assist with evacuation efforts in Fayetteville, N.C., Oct. 08, 2016. Heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew led to flooding as high as five feet in some areas. Photo: The National Guard CC BY 2.0 (Flickr)

President Trump’s New Anti-Climate Executive Order Threatens Our National Security

Yesterday, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” which, as my colleague states, represents an all-out attack on climate solutions.

While policy watchers had been expecting the Administration’s attack on climate policy for some time, what many of us are still amazed at is that President Trump’s anti-climate science and policy flies in the face of the American people, who on average believe global warming is happening (70%), is caused by humans (53%), is harming people (51%), and will harm future generations (70%).

Even more amazing is the Administration’s failure to understand the climate connection when it comes to our national security.

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Secretary of Defense. James Mattis delivers his opening statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee at the confirmation hearing for him to become Secretary of Defense, January 12, 2017. Photo: C-Span Channel/YouTube.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis: The Lone Climate Change Soldier in this Administration’s Cabinet

Since the inauguration, we have witnessed President Trump filling his Cabinet with climate deniers and billionaires. As each day passed, the reality of what we can expect from this administration has become all too clear. But, Secretary of Defense James Mattis understands the impacts of climate change on national defense. How will James Mattis navigate his way in an anti-science, climate change denying administration? Read more >

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