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Jacksonville has new allies in disaster resilience

11:15 AM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville now has a new group of allies when it comes to helping with disaster relief. It has been named one of 100 resilient cities in the world by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The foundation just released the names of 33 cities that will benefit from this challenge issued in May. More than 1,000 cities registered and about 400 sent in formal applications.

These 100 cities were chosen because they demonstrate the ability to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from anything that might stress the city like natural disasters. Even though the hurricane season wasn't that bad this year, this recognition will come in handy in the future.

Jacksonville was selected along with other cities in the United States like Boulder Colorado, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. There are also cities around the world like Rome, Rio de Janeiro, and Bangkok.

The cities prepared applications that were reviewed by judges like former President Bill Clinton.

There are many benefits to being one of these cities chosen.
One of those is the ability to have a support system of those 100 cities around the world.

A Chief Resilience Officer will be hired. According to our news gathering partners at the Florida Times-Union, Mayor Brown says this will not come out of taxpayer dollars. This person will be a central point of contact within the city to coordinated and over see activities.

Also, there will be support given to the Chief Resilience Officer to develop a plan that will take stock in existing efforts to develop a set of priorities and initiatives.

There will access to a platform of services to support information technology tools and policy models for laws and regulations.

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