Regional Resilience Toolkit: 5 Steps to Build Large Scale Resilience to Natural Disasters   [open pdf - 32MB]

From the Introduction: "Cities, regions, and states across the country are facing natural disasters that can have devastating effects on life, property, the economy, and ecosystems. Climate change is already having observable effects on the environment, and past conditions are no longer a reliable indication of the type or extent of disasters communities will face in the future. As more and more communities face the effects of natural disasters, decision makers and community members need tools and guidance to help them take action that can both protect them from natural disasters while also creating great places to live, work, and play. This Regional Resilience Toolkit provides: [1] A coordinated process for meeting many different state and federal planning requirements. [2] Communication and outreach guidance and resources for engaging a broad coalition of stakeholders across a region. [3] Guidance for project teams who are conducting vulnerability assessments, writing required plans, and implementing projects. [4] Clear information and tools that can be used with an advisory group and to bring in decision makers and community leaders to guide the overall action plan and ensure its successful implementation. [5] Detailed appendices with worksheets to help inform and guide work, as well as additional information and resources for each step."

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