What is the LA County Climate Vulnerability Assessment?
In August 2019, the County of Los Angeles (LA County) Board of Supervisors adopted the OurCounty Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan. The plan set a vision for regional climate leadership and collaboration rooted in equity and resilience. Developing a countywide climate vulnerability assessment (CVA)—both for physical infrastructure and social vulnerabilities—was identified as a priority action to prepare the region for climate change impacts.
The CVA will:
- Examine historic, current, and projected climate impacts to communities including extreme heat, wildfire, sea level rise, drought, and flooding.
- Gather data on physical infrastructure and social vulnerabilities.
- Analyze the potential cascading impacts between physical infrastructure and social vulnerabilities.
- Guide priorities for climate adaptation and resilience efforts, policies and programs.
- Inform public health preparedness, emergency preparedness, response planning, and community resiliency.
The assessment will identify equity implications, including how climate impacts and vulnerabilities are distributed across communities and sub-populations such as low-income rural neighborhoods, populations who are linguistically isolated, populations without housing, populations with limited mobility, and outdoor workers.
How to get involved:
Development of the LA County CVA kicks off in the fall of 2020 and is anticipated to be completed over one year, by summer 2021. There will be opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the project and provide input via public workshops and online surveys.