Community Resilience Planning Resources

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

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Vulnerable Populations

Social Vulnerability Index

This index provides an online mapping feature and downloadable data for decisionmakers to use to identify communities that may need support in preparing for hazards or recovering from disasters.

Date Published: September 2021

Best Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement

This resource provides tips for engaging historically underrepresented populations in visioning and planning for the community.

Date Published: March 2018

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: August 2017

Success Stories: The Importance of Effective Community Engagement

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

Date Published: January 2017

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

Adaptation Planning and Implementation

This report highlights the complementary roles of mitigation and adaptation in climate policy. Moreover, the report shows there are barriers, limits, and costs that are not fully understood to make adaptation adequate for a reduction in vulnerability to future climate change.

Date Published: October 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: April 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

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

Design Thinking

Routes to Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions Transportation Future

This resource examines the three routes to reducing green house gas emission from transportation: increasing the efficiency of vehicle technology, changing how we travel and transport goods, and using lower-carbon fuels.

Date Published: November 2021

Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Transportation

This resource provides access to the Federal Highway Administration tools and publications for improving resilience to extreme weather events and future environmental conditions.

Date Published: November 2021

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: January 2018

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

Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

This resource examines climate change and its impacts on transportation. It provides strategies to enable different and diverse sets of stakeholders to understand the benefits of reaching across institutional divides in order to work together to achieve common objectives. The audience for this resource includes Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and maintenance program managers, emergency managers, planners and supervisors involved in all operational aspects that are likely to be affected by climate change. 

Date Published: January 2016

Guidance Document for Incorporating Resiliency Concepts into NFPA Codes and Standards

The purpose of this document is to assist National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committees in understanding the concepts of Resilience, and how those concepts may apply to the scope of their committee documents. The guide’s scope addresses the contextual definition of resilience, explains the existing resiliency frameworks developed by federal agencies, and emphasizes the risk informed approach to applying resiliency concepts to NFPA documents.

Date Published: December 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

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

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

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

Best Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement

This resource provides tips for engaging historically underrepresented populations in visioning and planning for the community.

Date Published: March 2018

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

Adaptation Planning and Implementation

This report highlights the complementary roles of mitigation and adaptation in climate policy. Moreover, the report shows there are barriers, limits, and costs that are not fully understood to make adaptation adequate for a reduction in vulnerability to future climate change.

Date Published: October 2014

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

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

Best Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement

This resource provides tips for engaging historically underrepresented populations in visioning and planning for the community.

Date Published: March 2018

Success Stories: The Importance of Effective Community Engagement

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

Date Published: January 2017

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

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

Green Infrastructure Cost-Benefit Resources

This resource provides information on how communities estimate the costs and benefits of their green infrastructure programs as and reviews tools that can be used in a cost-benefit analysis.

Date Published: November 2021

Smart Growth and Climate Change

This resource reviews how smart growth policies can contribute to both mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Date Published: November 2021

Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Resilience and Recovery

This resource discusses how smart growth strategies like creating flexible land use policies, targeting public investment to catalyze private investment, and engaging the entire community in making decisions about the future can help communities recover from a disaster, rebuild according to a shared community vision, and be better prepared for the next natural disaster.

Date Published: November 2021

Coastal Resilience Evaluation and Siting Tool (CREST)

This resource is used to make informed decisions about the siting of coastal restoration and resilience projects. The tool identifies Resilience Hubs, which are areas of open space where projects may have the greatest potential to benefit both human community resilience and fish and wildlife. 

Date Published: November 2021

Picturing Our Future

This resource provides sea level rise visuals for 189 locations around the world.

Date Published: November 2021

Coastal Futures

This resource is a viewer for 21st century projections of climatic impact-drivers (CIDs) leading to coastal impacts and risk (including coastal CID data sets assessed in IPCC AR6 WGI).

Date Published: November 2021

National Risk and Capability Assessment

The National Risk and Capability Assessment (NRCA) is a suite of assessment products that measures risk and capability across the nation in a standardized and coordinated process. When analyzed together, these products will better measure national risks, capabilities, and gaps. The results will be reported in future National Preparedness Reports. 

Date Published: November 2021

Heat Island Cooling Strategies

This resource provides detailed information on strategies to reduce urban heat islands and provides examples of the activities that governments and communities are implementing.

Date Published: November 2021

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: November 2021

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: November 2021

EPA Risk Assessment

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

Date Published: November 2021

EPA Envirofacts

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

Date Published: November 2021

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: October 2021

Social Vulnerability Index

This index provides an online mapping feature and downloadable data for decisionmakers to use to identify communities that may need support in preparing for hazards or recovering from disasters.

Date Published: September 2021

2020 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: January 2021

Community Resilience Indicator Analysis: County-Level Analysis of Commonly Used Indicators from Peer-Reviewed Research - 2020 Update

This resource analyzes current community resilience research to provide a data-driven basis to prioritize locations for technical assistance (TA) investment and to inform community resilience–related TA content.

Date Published: November 2020

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

Adaptation Planning and Implementation

This report highlights the complementary roles of mitigation and adaptation in climate policy. Moreover, the report shows there are barriers, limits, and costs that are not fully understood to make adaptation adequate for a reduction in vulnerability to future climate change.

Date Published: October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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: April 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: April 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

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

Performance Measurement

Green Infrastructure Cost-Benefit Resources

This resource provides information on how communities estimate the costs and benefits of their green infrastructure programs as and reviews tools that can be used in a cost-benefit analysis.

Date Published: November 2021

Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Resilience and Recovery

This resource discusses how smart growth strategies like creating flexible land use policies, targeting public investment to catalyze private investment, and engaging the entire community in making decisions about the future can help communities recover from a disaster, rebuild according to a shared community vision, and be better prepared for the next natural disaster.

Date Published: November 2021

Coastal Resilience Evaluation and Siting Tool (CREST)

This resource is used to make informed decisions about the siting of coastal restoration and resilience projects. The tool identifies Resilience Hubs, which are areas of open space where projects may have the greatest potential to benefit both human community resilience and fish and wildlife. 

Date Published: November 2021

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: November 2021

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: November 2021

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: October 2021

Social Vulnerability Index

This index provides an online mapping feature and downloadable data for decisionmakers to use to identify communities that may need support in preparing for hazards or recovering from disasters.

Date Published: September 2021

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

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

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

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

Adaptation Planning and Implementation

This report highlights the complementary roles of mitigation and adaptation in climate policy. Moreover, the report shows there are barriers, limits, and costs that are not fully understood to make adaptation adequate for a reduction in vulnerability to future climate change.

Date Published: October 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

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

EPA's Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program

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: November 2021

Community Resilience Center of Excellence Competition

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

Date Published: January 2018

Preserving Assets in At-Risk Municipalities Brief

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

Date Published: May 2017

Community Resilience Center of Excellence Competition

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

Date Published: January 2018

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

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

Saving by Mitigating Issue Brief

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

Date Published: September 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

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

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

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

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

Saving by Mitigating Issue Brief

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

Date Published: September 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

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

Smart Growth and Climate Change

This resource reviews how smart growth policies can contribute to both mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Date Published: November 2021

Smart Growth Strategies for Disaster Resilience and Recovery

This resource discusses how smart growth strategies like creating flexible land use policies, targeting public investment to catalyze private investment, and engaging the entire community in making decisions about the future can help communities recover from a disaster, rebuild according to a shared community vision, and be better prepared for the next natural disaster.

Date Published: November 2021

Global Street Design Guide

This guide supports practitioners in redefining the role of streets in cities around the world by offering technical details to inform street design that prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.

Date Published: November 2021

Benefits of Green Infrastructure

This resource provides information on the benefits of green infrastructure through the lens of water quality and quantity, air quality, climate resiliency, habitat and wildlife, and communities.

Date Published: November 2021

Heat Island Cooling Strategies

This resource provides detailed information on strategies to reduce urban heat islands and provides examples of the activities that governments and communities are implementing.

Date Published: November 2021

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: November 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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