Guide to Expanding Mitigation: Making the Connection to Equity   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Document: "How do we realize similar benefits in hazard mitigation? By placing equity at the center of all that we do. Although there is no one-size-fits-all definition, equity can generally be understood as policies, practices, interactions, cultures and resources that are responsive to all people. Equity is achieved not only when everyone is provided full access to information and assistance, but when we intervene to ensure that all are provided with the resources necessary to meaningfully participate, make progress and benefit from hazard mitigation. The illustration included within this guide highlights how, without equity interventions, equal access is inherently impossible. As human beings, we each have unique needs that must be met to allow our meaningful participation. To realize this vision, we must work in partnership with the 'Whole Community.' This 'Guide to Expanding Mitigation' shows how community officials can partner with the Whole Community to strive for equity in hazard mitigation, including the planning and project development process. This guide is a starting place for community officials to initiate a conversation about mitigation investments that make communities both more equitable and more resilient, while avoiding situations in which risk reduction measures displace the very people they are intended to protect."

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