LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ – Long Beach Island is one of four regional groups that released regional climate action plans before the 10th Anniversary of Super Hurricane Sandythe New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Climate Resilience announced Monday.

The “Resilient NJ” plans are an offshoot of a National Disaster Resilience Competition award in New Jersey intended to advance regional planning in areas most affected by Sandy. The plans set out resilience actions in 24 communities across the four regions.

Community leaders and residents met with advisors provided by the DEP to develop the plans. These plans “prioritize actions and strategies, identify funding sources, set timelines and identify opportunities to build regional and community resilience in the face of growing threats from climate change and sea level rise,” according to DEP.

“These planning efforts are essential for our communities,” the DEP said. “A Sandy-like storm surge event occurring in 2070 is projected to cause $45 billion in property damage in these four regions alone.”

Sandy caused $30 billion in damage statewide by comparison.

“Our communities are on the front lines of dealing with the impacts of climate change – and each faces unique challenges,” said Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette. “These communities are to be commended for taking this crucial step towards solutions that will help them become more resilient.”

“For too long, the public has viewed climate impacts as a problem occurring somewhere else, to someone else, at some time in the future,” said Nick Angarone, New Jersey’s director of climate resilience. “But we know the threats happen here and now. The key to the success of the resilient NJ The effort is to put local decision-makers at the helm to ensure these plans take hold. Resilient NJ provides the essential resources and technical assistance to empower our communities to develop an informed, innovative, and actionable vision for their resilient future.”

The LBI region includes Long Beach Township, Beach Haven, Ship Bottom, Surf City, Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light.

According to the DEP, the regional LBI plan includes the following elements:

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