Leaders in other southern states are already working to address challenges posed by extreme weather. Some could provide inspiration as Tennessee develops its own unique approach.
In 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida created a Chief Resilience Officer in the Office of the Governor to coordinate resilience planning among relevant agencies and signed a bill to create the Florida Resilience Trust Fund.
Established by Governor Roy Cooper after Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) lead the state’s efforts in rebuilding smarter and stronger. Now managing funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in two grant types: Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery and Community Development Block Grant—Mitigation as well as additional funding from state legislation, NCORR is now working to make NC communities safer and more resilient from future storms.
In 2020, South Carolina created an Office of Resilience, a Disaster Relief and Resilience Reserve Fund, and a Resilience Revolving Loan Fund. The Resilience Office manages these funds to provide disaster relief and financial resources to resilience and flood mitigation efforts in communities. The office also oversees a statewide flood resilience plan.
Texas voters approved the Flood Infrastructure Flood in 2019, which provides 0% interest loans and grants to communities for flood control, flood mitigation, and drainage projects.
The West Virginia State Resiliency Office was created with the goal of minimizing the loss of life and property, maintaining economic stability, and improving recovery time through working with various stakeholders to implement disaster resilient strategies.