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WASHINGTON - A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to make it easier for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters.

The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other impacts of climate change.

The task force will recommend how roads, bridges and flood control projects can be made more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and warming temperatures.

The task force builds on efforts Obama announced in June to combat global warming, including the first-ever limits on climate pollution from new and existing power plants.