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Adapting to Extreme Natural Hazards

Pasco County is working on identifying vulnerabilities within our critical assets to extreme weather and other natural hazards across our entire community. The Resilient Pasco Project will look at potential impacts from flooding, extreme weather, storm surge, sea level rise and heat. The work of this project will also include developing a countywide Resilience and Sustainability Action Plan.

Why Resilience?

Resilience, as defined by Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) is “The capacity of a community, business, or natural environment to prevent, withstand, respond to and recover from a disruption.” Basically, it means how are we preparing for and how will we recover from a catastrophic event.

The Resilient Pasco Project intends to find ways to strengthen our community to be able to protect Pasco County’s environment, communities and economic prosperity.

What is Pasco County Doing Now?

Pasco County received a grant of $754,870 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Funds (CDBG-MIT) administered by the Florida Department of Commerce. This project is estimated to be completed by 2025.

The Resilient Pasco Project consists of:

  • Countywide Vulnerability Assessment
  • Resilience and Sustainability Action Plan
  • Living Shorelines Plan
The completion of the countywide vulnerability assessment will keep Pasco County eligible for millions of dollars in grants from the Resilient Florida program.

Project work spans across many branches of Pasco County government, and the county will also collaborate closely with our municipalities and the private sector to include critical assets identified in 380.093, Florida Statutes.

Many coastal counties in Florida are completing similar projects. Pasco County is currently updating the Coastal Management Element within the county’s Comprehensive Plan to meet state requirements. The County is also collaborating with TBRPC, who spearheaded the creation of the Regional Resiliency Action Plan. This plan is a living document created to address resilience challenges, prioritized through intergovernmental and community collaboration.

How can you help?

Pasco County will hold several public workshops in 2024, where you will have a chance to voice your opinion and learn more about our project. The County looks forward to hearing from you and gaining insight on flooding, extreme weather, storm surge, sea level rise, heat issues and other natural hazards that are important to you. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Resilient Pasco Project, please reach out to us at resilience@mypasco.net.