The Military Installation Resilience Review builds on existing initiatives and studies, like the energy installation plan that assessed the base’s energy infrastructure in November 2019. From this assessment, $22 million was allocated to harden energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather events and sea level rise. Through the grant, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council will provide a roadmap that addresses vulnerabilities, as well as action items and an implementation strategy to address resiliency. It will develop collaborative partnerships to enhance natural hazards and man-made risks readiness and response capabilities today, while directly addressing future conditions to support longer-term planning and mitigations. It will also create a unified resilience assessment standard for the regional military and develop decision-support tools for resilience planning that can be integrated across the base.
As part of this analysis, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council will develop a framework on how to present, analyze, and support decision-making by local and regional officials on the best means to incorporate Department of Defense’s military needs into existing resiliency and sustainability plans, while developing the roadmap for future investments.
The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council has established relationships with key regional stakeholders and shares a long history of community-based work on issues of regional importance including resilience, disaster preparedness, affordable housing, economic analysis, and economic and community development. The partnerships fostered in the council have resounding economic and safety implications across the region, especially in the face of extreme weather events and sea level rise that threatens the region’s critical infrastructure.