Community Resilience Planning Resources

Planning resources for local planners to define vulnerabilities, involve community members, and design for resiliency.

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Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Case Studies Series

This case study series highlights climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector.

Date Published: July 2016

Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

This white paper reviews case studies of nonstructural adaptation strategies implemented in response to disasters in flood-prone areas. This paper aims to discuss how to best serve vulnerable communities in their adaptation efforts for the impacts of a changing climate.

Date Published: April 2016

Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate Resilient Coastal Regions

This report identifies a set of policies and administrative practices that federal agencies, as well as state and local governments, can adopt to help make coastal regions more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: April 2016

Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy

This framework helps communities assess their economic vulnerability to climate change and improve their economic resilience.

Date Published: April 2016

Decision Support Tools for Climate Change Planning

This report is intended to provide information on developing more effective support tools for climate change planning. It identifies currently available tools and data available to cities for climate change decision support.

Date Published: January 2016

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

This report reviews and recommends disaster recovery practices and programs that facilitate community health development.

Date Published: September 2015

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

This report provides a model for other regions and localities to create vulnerability assessments to make future development safer and resilient.

Date Published: April 2015

Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risks

This program webpage details housing and community vulnerability due to earthquakes and sea level rise. It also provides strategies that reduce these vulnerabilities to help the San Francisco Bay Area meet its resilience and sustainability goals.

Date Published: March 2015

Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) Census 2000 Block Groups

This tool measures the social vulnerability of U.S. counties to environmental hazards.

Date Published: August 2014

Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing

This guide provides guidance and possible solutions to designers wishing to create accessible disaster relief housing.

Date Published: March 2014

Engagement Technology for All: Best Practices for Using Technology in Engaging Underrepresented Communities in Planning

This document outlines best practices for using technology in engaging underrepresented communities in planning.

Date Published: February 2014

A Disaster in the Making: Addressing the Vulnerability of Low-Income Communities to Extreme Weather

This document provides recommendations on how to address underlying vulnerability of low-income people and how leaders can strengthen the local response before and after disaster events strike.

Date Published: August 2013

Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California

This report examines how California communities of color are fighting for climate justice and implementing effective responses with equity at the center in an effort to close the climate gap.

Date Published: October 2012

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities

This guide is intended to help deepen an understanding of the community engagement process and what it takes to create new ways of planning for a sustainable future.

Date Published: January 2012

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

This report frames the challenge of dealing with extreme weather as an issue in decisionmaking and risk management, and it outlines adaptation options from the local to international scale.

Date Published: January 2012

Success Stories: The Importance of Effective Community Engagement

This document highlights community resilience success stories, with the specific theme of community engagement.

Date Published: October 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap

This report provides information on the inequalities of low-income and minority populations when facing the harmful effects of climate change.

Date Published: May 2009

Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response

This toolkit helps state and local health agencies improve their emergency preparedness activities with a focus on priority populations.

Date Published: January 2009

Design Thinking

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Case Studies Series

This case study series highlights climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector.

Date Published: July 2016

Decision Support Tools for Climate Change Planning

This report is intended to provide information on developing more effective support tools for climate change planning. It identifies currently available tools and data available to cities for climate change decision support.

Date Published: January 2016

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

This report provides a model for other regions and localities to create vulnerability assessments to make future development safer and resilient.

Date Published: April 2015

Bootcamp Bootleg Design Thinking Toolkit

This document provides an outline of the modes of the human-centered design process and dozens of specifc methods to do design work.

Date Published: August 2014

Building Community Workshop

This webpage provides general information about the Building Community Workshop. The Building Community Workshop is a Dallas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making.

Date Published: August 2014

Ideate Mixtape: Generating Unexpected Ideas via Reframing Your Challenge

This guide provides information on reframing challenges, facilitating brainstorms, and generating solution concepts.

Date Published: August 2014

Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing

This guide provides guidance and possible solutions to designers wishing to create accessible disaster relief housing.

Date Published: March 2014

Best Practices Guidebook: Community Disaster Resilience

This document provides ideas and best practices for mitigating floods, severe storms, and tornadoes.

Date Published: January 2014

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Experiment Mixtape: Advancing Your Solution via Prototyping

This document provides general information about developing and building solution concepts and sharing them with community members.

Date Published:

Ready Set Design

This document provides information on a group acitvity to engage community and team members in design thinking and creative problem solving.

Date Published: September 2011

Collaboration

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Case Studies Series

This case study series highlights climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector.

Date Published: July 2016

Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate Resilient Coastal Regions

This report identifies a set of policies and administrative practices that federal agencies, as well as state and local governments, can adopt to help make coastal regions more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: April 2016

Decision Support Tools for Climate Change Planning

This report is intended to provide information on developing more effective support tools for climate change planning. It identifies currently available tools and data available to cities for climate change decision support.

Date Published: January 2016

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

This report reviews and recommends disaster recovery practices and programs that facilitate community health development.

Date Published: September 2015

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

This report provides a model for other regions and localities to create vulnerability assessments to make future development safer and resilient.

Date Published: April 2015

Stronger Housing, Safer Communities: Strategies for Seismic and Flood Risks

This program webpage details housing and community vulnerability due to earthquakes and sea level rise. It also provides strategies that reduce these vulnerabilities to help the San Francisco Bay Area meet its resilience and sustainability goals.

Date Published: March 2015

North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study Report

This report provides communities information on changing flood risks associated with with climate change. It also provides tools to help communities prepare for future flood risks.

Date Published: January 2015

Can Humans Get Used to Having a Two-Way Relationship with Earth's Climate?

This article discusses humanity's relationship with the changing atmosphere.

Date Published: September 2014

Coastal Climate Adaptation Resources

This document provides several climate adaptation resources for coastal communities.

Date Published: August 2014

NOAA Regional Climate Services Directors

This webpage provides the names and contact information of NOAA's Regional Services Directors. Regional Services Directors provide place-based climate science and information products and services to help people make informed decisions.

Date Published: August 2014

Firewise Communities

This wepage provides general information about NFPA's Firewise Communities program. NFPA's Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire.

Date Published: August 2014

National StormSmart Coasts

This webpage provides information for coastal decision makers protecting their communities from weather and climate hazards.

Date Published: August 2014

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities

This document offers policy options to communities affected by flood to help them update and strengthen their policies and strategies to improve flood resilience.

Date Published: July 2014

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Collaborating with New Partners Worksheet

This worksheet provides information to facilitate partnership building.

Date Published: April 2013

CDBG-DR Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit guides grantees through the process of identifying and prioritizing unmet needs for long-term recovery.

Date Published: March 2013

Finding and Leveraging Competitive Advantage

This document discusses how communities can leverage assets to enhance economic development.

Date Published: March 2013

Getting to Resilience: A Coastal Community Resilience Evaluation Tool

This questionnaire guides planners and local decision makers through the process of disaster preparedness and resilience planning.

Date Published: March 2011

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning

This report outlines the value of planners in mitigation planning and how hazard mitigation efforts might successfully fit into local comprehensive plans.

Date Published: May 2010

Community Engagement

Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

This white paper reviews case studies of nonstructural adaptation strategies implemented in response to disasters in flood-prone areas. This paper aims to discuss how to best serve vulnerable communities in their adaptation efforts for the impacts of a changing climate.

Date Published: April 2016

Lessons from Sandy: Federal Policies to Build Climate Resilient Coastal Regions

This report identifies a set of policies and administrative practices that federal agencies, as well as state and local governments, can adopt to help make coastal regions more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: April 2016

Decision Support Tools for Climate Change Planning

This report is intended to provide information on developing more effective support tools for climate change planning. It identifies currently available tools and data available to cities for climate change decision support.

Date Published: January 2016

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

This report reviews and recommends disaster recovery practices and programs that facilitate community health development.

Date Published: September 2015

Building Community Workshop

This webpage provides general information about the Building Community Workshop. The Building Community Workshop is a Dallas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making.

Date Published: August 2014

Firewise Communities

This webpage provides general information about NFPA's Firewise Communities program. NFPA's Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire.

Date Published: August 2014

Engagement Technology for All: Best Practices for Using Technology in Engaging Underrepresented Communities in Planning

This document outlines best practices for using technology in engaging underrepresented communities in planning.

Date Published: February 2014

Building Local Leaders and Experts for Long-Term Community Change

This powerpoint presentation outlines questions that help develop leadership teams for regional planning.

Date Published: April 2013

Collaborating with New Partners Worksheet

This worksheet provides information to facilitate partnership building.

Date Published: April 2013

CDBG-DR Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit guides grantees through the process of identifying and prioritizing unmet needs for long-term recovery.

Date Published: March 2013

Finding and Leveraging Competitive Advantage

This document discusses how communities can leverage assets to enhance economic development.

Date Published: March 2013

Leveraging and Working with Philanthropy

This brief provides information on engaging local and national philanthropy in grant making, researching, and planning activities.

Date Published: March 2013

Bay Localize Community Resilience Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help planners and community groups understand local impacts of the climate and energy crisis in their region.

Date Published: October 2012

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities

This guide is intended to help deepen an understanding of the community engagement process and what it takes to create new ways of planning for a sustainable future.

Date Published: January 2012

Ready Set Design

This document provides information on a group acitvity to engage community and team members in design thinking and creative problem solving.

Date Published: September 2011

Engaging Youth in Heart and Soul Community Planning

This document provides an overview of youth engagement ideas and how to define the youth demographic.

Date Published: April 2011

Getting to Resilience: A Coastal Community Resilience Evaluation Tool

This questionnaire guides planners and local decision makers through the process of disaster preparedness and resilience planning.

Date Published: March 2011

Success Stories: The Importance of Effective Community Engagement

This document highlights community resilience success stories, with the specific theme of community engagement.

Date Published: October 2010

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning

This report outlines the value of planners in mitigation planning and how hazard mitigation efforts might successfully fit into local comprehensive plans.

Date Published: May 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

Disaster Risk Reduction Tools and Methods

This document provides an overview of a selection of tools that can provide an effective framework for disaster management.

Date Published: January 2004

Tools and Assessments

Quantification of Integrated Watershed System Resilience: A Tiered Method

This report provides a three-tiered approach to measure coastal resilience and to further provide guidance and resilient alternatives for planning and engineering design.

Date Published: June 2015

Being Prepared for Climate Change: Checklists of Potential Climate Change Risks

This checklist is to be used as a supplemental resource to the Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook.

Date Published: August 2014

Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans

This workbook presents a guide to climate change adaptation planning based on EPA's experience with watershed management and will help organizations manage environmental resources to prepare a broad, risk-based adaptation plan.

Date Published: August 2014

Economic Resilience Planning Evaluation Tool

This tool provides a list of U.S. Economic Development Administration's set of resilience factors used to review economic development plans and programs.

Date Published:  August 2014

Firewise Communities

This wepage provides general information about NFPA's Firewise Communities program. NFPA's Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire.

Date Published:  August 2014

Historical Hurricane Tracks Mapping Tool

This interactive mapping tool searches and displays global tropical cyclone data. Users are able to query storms by the storm name, ZIP Code, city, state, geographic region, or latitude/longitude coordinates.

Date Published:  August 2014

LANDFIRE Webpage

This tool provides over 20 national geo-spatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models that inform strategic planning for fire and natural resource management activities.

Date Published:  August 2014

OpenNSPECT Training

This training introduces participants to a GIS-based tool that examines land cover to estimate runoff, nonpoint source pollution, and erosion.

Date Published:  August 2014

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

This teaching and planning tool can be used to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise in coastal communities.

Date Published:  August 2014

National StormSmart Coasts

This webpage provides information for coastal decision makers protecting their communities from weather and climate hazards.

Date Published:  August 2014

NOAA Regional Climate Services Directors

This webpage provides the names and contact information of NOAA's Regional Services Directors. Regional Services Directors provide place-based climate science and information products and services to help people make informed decisions.

Date Published:  August 2014

Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) Census 2000 Block Groups

This tool measures the social vulnerability of U.S. counties to environmental hazards.

Date Published:  August 2014

U.S. Geological Survey Coastal Hazards Portal

This resource portal for coastal communities lets users track the changes on the coastline through the past, present, and future.

Date Published:  August 2014

EPA Envirofacts

This mapping tool examines environmental hazards, climate change, and population to inform resiliency planning.

Date Published: July 2014

2014 Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report

This report provides information on the natural disaster risk of homes and assigns a risk score to more than 3,000 county housing markets nationwide.

Date Published: June 2014

EPA Risk Assessment

This risk-assessment portal provides basic information about environmental risk assessments to the public.

Date Published: June 2014

Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

This report provides information on the climate risks to specific business sectors and regions of the economy.

Date Published: June 2014

Resilient Cities: A Grosvenor Research Report

This report outlines existing research on resilience and vulnerability of cities facing future climate risk, specifically on population growth, the economy, and adaptive capacity.

Date Published: January 2014

STAR Communities Leadership Program

This webpage provides a general overview of the Leadership STAR Community Program. The Leadership STAR Community Program supports a cohort of cities, towns and counties as they get organized around the sustainability rating system then collect and report their data in order to receive a certified STAR Community Rating.

Date Published: January 2014

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Surging Seas Mapping Tool

This mapping tool shows geographic areas at various sea levels (rise and flooding). This tool matches areas with timelines of risk, down to the neighborhood scale.

Date Published: October 2013

Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Guide

This guidebook provides communities additional guidance for conducting a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).

Date Published: August 2013

Promoting Resilience Post-Sandy Through Innovative Planning and Design

This document provides resources for analysis and design, specifically for hurricane and flood recovery.

Date Published: June 2013

CDBG-DR Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit guides grantees through the process of identifying and prioritizing unmet needs for long-term recovery.

Date Published: March 2013

Climate Change Resource Directory

This resource list provides information to help local governments plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies, with an emphasis on water and stormwater management.

Date Published: July 2012

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

This report frames the challenge of dealing with extreme weather as an issue in decisionmaking and risk management, and it outlines adaptation options from the local to international scale.

Date Published: January 2012

Getting to Resilience: A Coastal Community Resilience Evaluation Tool

This questionnaire guides planners and local decision makers through the process of disaster preparedness and resilience planning.

Date Published: March 2011

Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

This report summarizes current technical and scientific data on the impacts of climate change on the built environment and identifies strategies that will increase resilience and facilitate climate adaptation.

Date Published: January 2011

Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment Tool

This assessment tool helps community leaders to predict if their community will maintain function after a disaster and to identify problems a community should address before the next disaster.

Date Published: November 2010

Constructing a Resilience Index for the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

This document outlines a methodology that determines the ability of infrastructure systems to withstand specific threats and return to normal operations after disaster. This document also provides valuable information about each facility's current resilience stance and ways to increase resilience.

Date Published: August 2010

Have Disaster Losses Increased Due to Anthropogenic Climate Change?

This study examines previous disaster loss studies and determines the impact of future climate change using future risk projections.

Date Published: July 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

Long-Term Community Recovery Planning Process Guide

This guide provides information to determine a project's value for community recovery based on need, feasibility, sustainability, and co-benefits.

Date Published: February 2006

Disaster Risk Reduction Tools and Methods

This document provides an overview of a selection of tools that can provide an effective framework for disaster management.

Date Published: January 2004

Performance Measurement

Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy

This framework helps communities assess their economic vulnerability to climate change and improve their economic resilience.

Date Published: April 2016

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

Quantification of Integrated Watershed System Resilience: A Tiered Method

This report provides a three-tiered approach to measure coastal resilience and to further provide guidance and resilient alternatives for planning and engineering design.

Date Published: June 2015

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area

This report provides a model for other regions and localities to create vulnerability assessments to make future development safer and resilient.

Date Published: April 2015

Disaster Resiliency and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards

This review of fire protection codes and standards for resilience building and identifies gaps in knowledge necessary to support integrating resilience into NFPA codes and standards.

Date Published: December 2014

Economic Resilience Planning Evaluation Tool

This tool provides a list of U.S. Economic Development Administration's set of resilience factors used to review economic development plans and programs.

Date Published:  August 2014

Measuring Progress: A Practical Guide from the Developers of the Environmental Performance Index

This guide provides information on developing environmental performance indicators and constructing indices.

Date Published: July 2013

Green Infrastructure Resource Directory

This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs.

Date Published: June 2012

Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment Tool

This assessment tool helps community leaders to predict if their community will maintain function after a disaster and to identify problems a community should address before the next disaster.

Date Published: November 2010

Constructing a Resilience Index for the Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

This document outlines a methodology that determines the ability of infrastructure systems to withstand specific threats and return to normal operations after disaster. This document also provides valuable information about each facility's current resilience stance and ways to increase resilience.

Date Published: August 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

The Value of Green Infrastructure

This document provides guidance for decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits of green infrastrucutre and how to value these potential benefits.

Date Published: January 2010

Baseline Indicators for Disaster Resilient Communities

This document outlines a methodology for creating and measuring social, ecological, infrastructure, and institutional baseline resilience indicators.

Date Published: July 2009

Long-Term Community Recovery Planning Process Guide

This guide provides information to determine a project's value for community recovery based on need, feasibility, sustainability, and co-benefits.

Date Published: February 2006

Funding and Program Alignment

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies

This framework identifies ways that states can discuss land use and transportation issues as they relate to resilience and disaster preparedness.

Date Published: October 2015

California Department of Food and Agriculture Drought Resources

This webpage provides drought resources for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers as well as local planners and community groups.

Date Published: August 2014

Disaster Declarations

This webpage contains a list of every disaster declaration in the United States, including: Major Declarations, Emergency Declarations, Fire Management Assistance Declarations, and Fire Suppression Authorizations.

Date Published: August 2014

NOAA Sea Grant Information Webpage

This wepage provides general information about Sea Grants. Sea Grants provide integrated research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities through informed personal, policy and management decisions.

Date Published: August 2014

Community Resilience Center of Excellence Competition

This webpage provides an overview of the Disaster Resilience Cneter of Excellence Competition. This competition is aimed at developing tools and standardized methods for localities that will reduce the impact of disasters.

Date Published: July 2014

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This website contains resouces on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities

This document offers policy options to communities affected by flood to help them update and strengthen their policies and strategies to improve flood resilience.

Date Published: July 2014

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Webpage

This webpage provides background and information about applying for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program. The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and non-profits that have partnered with a governmental entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development.

Date Published: January 2014

STAR Communities Leadership Program

This webpage provides a general overview of the Leadership STAR Community Program. The Leadership STAR Community Program supports a cohort of cities, towns and counties as they get organized around the sustainability rating system then collect and report their data in order to receive a certified STAR Community Rating.

Date Published: January 2014

Saving by Mitigating Issue Brief

This issue brief presents mechanisms for planning and financing hazard mitigation.

Date Published: September 2013

EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program

This document provides technical assistance to help communities assess and clean up brownfields sites for redevelopment.

Date Published: May 2013

CDBG-DR Disaster Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit guides grantees through the process of identifying and prioritizing unmet needs for long-term recovery.

Date Published: March 2013

Finding and Leveraging Competitive Advantage

This document discusses how communities can leverage assets to enhance economic development.

Date Published: March 2013

Leveraging and Working with Philanthropy

This brief provides information on engaging local and national philanthropy in grant making, researching, and planning activities.

Date Published: March 2013

EPA Brownfield Grant Programs

This webpage provides general information about the EPA's Brownfields Grant Programs. Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training.

Date Published: August 2012

Climate Change Resource Directory

This resource list provides information to help local governments plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies, with an emphasis on water and stormwater management.

Date Published: July 2012

Green Infrastructure Resource Directory

This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs.

Date Published: June 2012

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning

This report outlines the value of planners in mitigation planning and how hazard mitigation efforts might successfully fit into local comprehensive plans.

Date Published: May 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

Preserving Assets in At-Risk Municipalities Brief

This brief provides information on anticipating and responding to coastal storms and flooding.

Date Published: July 2009

Financing High-Performance Infrastructure

This fact sheet provides information on how states and local governments can use "green bonds" to fund resilience projects and high-performance infrastructure.

Date Published: January 2008

Resilient Design Solutions

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Case Studies Series

This case study series highlights climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector.

Date Published: July 2016

North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study Report

This report provides communities information on changing flood risks associated with with climate change. It also provides tools to help communities prepare for future flood risks.

Date Published: January 2015

Adapting to Rising Tides

This webpage provides a general overview of Adapting to Rising Tides. Adapting to Rising Tides is a collaborative planning effort to help San Francisco Bay Area communities adapt to sea level rise and storm event flooding.

Date Published: August 2014

NOAA Sea Grant Information Webpage

This webpage provides general information about Sea Grants. Sea Grants provide integrated research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities through informed personal, policy and management decisions.

Date Published: August 2014

OpenNSPECT Training

This training introduces participants to a GIS-based tool that examines land cover to estimate runoff, nonpoint source pollution, and erosion.

Date Published: August 2014

EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

This checklist includes strategies to improve flood resilience, improve land and discourage development in river corridors, and protect communities in vulnerable settlements.

Date Published: July 2014

Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency

This webpage contains resources on design, permitting, funding, and performance measurement.

Date Published: July 2014

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities

This document offers policy options to communities affected by flood to help them update and strengthen their policies and strategies to improve flood resilience.

Date Published: July 2014

Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience

This webpage provides resources for Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Recovery and Resilience.

Date Published: July 2014

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

This article describes an integration project that locates fire stations and community health centers in the same place.

Date Published: June 2014

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

This manual provides local leaders with the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize their value and impact.

Date Published: January 2014

Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects

This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies can take to plan for future climate change impacts.

Date Published: December 2013

Issue Brief: Auditing Your Town's Development Code for Barriers to Sustainable Water Management

This issue brief is intended for town officials who want to understand how development regulations in their community affect local water resources.

Date Published: September 2013

A Disaster in the Making: Addressing the Vulnerability of Low-Income Communities to Extreme Weather

This document provides recommendations on how to address underlying vulnerability of low-income people and how leaders can strengthen the local response before and after disaster events strike.

Date Published: August 2013

Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain

This document provides an analysis that demonstrates how communities can model estimated flood damage reduction benefits of green infrastructure, compare them to costs, and target investments.

Date Published: April 2013

Bay Localize Community Resilience Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help planners and community groups understand local impacts of the climate and energy crisis in their region.

Date Published: October 2012

Facing the Climate Gap

This report examines how California communities of color are fighting for climate justice and implementing effective responses with equity at the center in an effort to close the climate gap.

Date Published: October 2012

Climate Change Resource Directory

This resource list provides information to help local governments plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies, with an emphasis on water and stormwater management.

Date Published: July 2012

Green Infrastructure Resource Directory

This resource directory is intended to help communities design, implement, fund, and monitor green infrastructure practices and programs.

Date Published: June 2012

FORTIFIED Home Hurricane Standards

This document highlights standards created to minimize damage and loss resulting from hurricanes; improving, protecting, and strengthening design and construction.

Date Published: January 2012

Pilot Projects Help Build a Weather-Ready Nation

This document provides examples of pilot projects conducted by Weather-Ready Nation initiative to enhance the resiliency and preparedness of communities in the face of extreme weather.

Date Published: January 2012

Status of Building Codes in New Jersey and New York: The Future of Resilience in a Post-Sandy Environment

This document provides an examination of New York's and New Jersey's building codes and suggestions to help increase building resilience for future storms.

Date Published: January 2012

Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

This report summarizes current technical and scientific data on the impacts of climate change on the built environment and identifies strategies that will increase resilience and facilitate climate adaptation.

Date Published: January 2011

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures for Transportation Construction

This document provides a description of mitigation strategies and key examples of transit projects that reduce emissions.

Date Published: August 2010

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning

This report outlines the value of planners in mitigation planning and how hazard mitigation efforts might successfully fit into local comprehensive plans.

Date Published: May 2010

Hazard and Resiliency Planning: Perceived Benefits Among Land Use Planners

This document provides information about a research project that makes final recommendations on how to begin hazard mitigation planning in coastal regions.

Date Published: April 2010

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide helps coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Date Published: January 2010

The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

This document provides guidance for decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and how to value these potential benefits.

Date Published: January 2010

Ensuring a Sustainable Future: An Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and Water Utilities

This guidebook outlines the steps necessary to set, manage, and achieve energy efficiency goals for your utility through the development and implementation of a focused energy management program.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Flood

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for volcanic hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to plan for and recover from volcanic eruptions.

Date Published: January 2008

Financing High-Performance Infrastructure

This fact sheet provides information on how states and local governments can use "green bonds" to fund resilience projects and high-performance infrastructure.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Coastal

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for coastal hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from coastal disasters.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Flood

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction and Implementation Guidebook provides a checklist of strategies to improve flood resilience, improve land and discourage development in river corridors, and protect communities in vulnerable settlements.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Hurricane

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for hurricane hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from hurricanes.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Landslide

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for landslide hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from landslides.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Tornado

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for tornado hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from tornadoes.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Tsunami

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for hurricane hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from hurricanes.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Winter Storm

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for winter storm hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from winter storms.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction Implementation Plan: Wildfire

This chapter of the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction and Implementation Guidebook provides information on interagency implementation actions for wildfire hazards that build upon ongoing efforts. Addressing these implementation actions will improve America’s capacity to prevent and recover from wildfire.

Date Published: January 2008

Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction

This report outlines challenges faced by disaster-effected communities and how they can invest in science and technology related to disaster reduction.

Date Published: June 2005