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When it comes to municipal resilience, we hold two truths to be self-evident:

  1. Our municipalities are more challenged than ever by weather and climate threats, and
  2. Our municipalities do not have unlimited budgets to adapt to these threats.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of budgets for adaptation, we believe that resilience planning should meet three criteria:

  1. Assessments should be localized. We believe that understanding where people and assets are exposed to threats in a municipality is as important as understanding what threats a municipality faces.
  2. Vulnerabilities should be quantified. We believe that understanding how people and assets are vulnerable to specific threats is vital to understanding what actions help a community become more resilient.
  3. Actions should be targeted, implementable, and equitable. We believe that actions need to be considered within the unique context of a municipality and while seeing what others are doing is often instructive, those actions may not be entirely appropriate or transferrable. We also believe that solutions that address sensitive populations should be considered alongside solutions that address infrastructure.

With these principles as our guide, we deliver a comprehensive process that identifies and quantifies your community’s specific risks and helps you prioritize and communicate your actions to adapt. In addition to a tailored and localized set of analysis deliverables, our facilitated process and support tools build capacity and align ongoing resilience efforts with your community’s unique circumstances and needs.

Our team co-developed the NOAA standard “Steps to Resilience” process for helping communities understand risk and build resilience to natural threats. The steps below outline how we apply this process to municipal resilience planning projects. We recognize that one size does not fit all and that municipalities have often already made considerable headway in one or more of the steps outlined below. 

Wherever your community is in the adaptation process, we can help you confidently take action for resilience.

 
 

Step 1: Identify Key Assets and Threats

How do you get started? We help you identify your community’s natural and socioeconomic stressors, framed by past impacts, current trends, and evolving conditions. Our expert team meshes your local experience and data with our large catalog of natural hazard and socioeconomic data to build an inventory of your community’s key Asset-Threat Pairs.


In a facilitated data-driven workshop and accompanying report, you gain an understanding of regional stressors that drive vulnerability at a local scale, including critical thresholds for factors such as extreme precipitation, flooding, and extreme heat.

 Screenshots of custom tools developed by the NEMAC-FernLeaf Collaborative. These tools give us a unique ability to provide insight about key assets and threats.

Screenshots of custom tools developed by the NEMAC-FernLeaf Collaborative. These tools give us a unique ability to provide insight about key assets and threats.

 

Step 2: Quantify Vulnerability and Risk

How do you quantify risk? We deliver a quantitative analysis comparing your vulnerability and risk across threats like flooding, landslides, and wildfire for assets like businesses, critical infrastructure, and residential property. We perform a sector-by-sector, asset-by-asset assessment at an individual property level across your entire community. This analysis is driven by your local property data, ordinances, and building codes for an analysis completely tailored to your needs.

Leveraging the power of the AccelAdapt™ engine, we can tailor these analyses into an easily understandable report of comparable Asset-Threat Pair profiles. These profiles are local-scale assessments presented at a neighborhood scale for easy spatial comparison of risk by sectors and threats. Not only do you gain insights on the threats pose the highest risk for your community, you also understand where in your community assets are most vulnerable. This report can be integrated into your community’s existing hazard mitigation, comprehensive, and other plans.

 Example report excerpts from the Asheville climate resilience plan displaying quantitative vulnerability and risk scoping assessments.

Example report excerpts from the Asheville climate resilience plan displaying quantitative vulnerability and risk scoping assessments.

 

Steps 3 & 4: Identify & Prioritize Resilience Options

How do you put this knowledge into action? We help you identify and sort through the hundreds of potential adaptation options to move from analysis to action. Incorporating your data for different project options, we cooperatively work with you through a facilitated decision support process that helps prioritize the best resilience investments, including determining potential risk reduction and co-benefits. We also incorporate cutting-edge interactive visualizations to help you evaluate different options and communicate priorities to stakeholders and constituents.

 Example prioritized resilience option visuals. The first is from a regional project in the NC triangle of a handful of options assessed on criteria important to the group. These go beyond resilience effectiveness and financial feasibility to consider co-benefits and social equity factors (Specific options have been partially obscured until the report is released publicly). The second visual is from our work in Ft. Lauderdale assessing the viability of solutions into the future.

Example prioritized resilience option visuals. The first is from a regional project in the NC triangle of a handful of options assessed on criteria important to the group. These go beyond resilience effectiveness and financial feasibility to consider co-benefits and social equity factors (Specific options have been partially obscured until the report is released publicly). The second visual is from our work in Ft. Lauderdale assessing the viability of solutions into the future.

 

Step 5: Take Action & Continually Assess

How do you continually assess? With our AccelAdapt™ tool, your resilience assessment never goes out of date. Built on the ArcGIS Platform, AccelAdapt™ continually incorporates your local parcel, building, and asset data to give you a continually updating understanding of your vulnerabilities and risks.

Stay tuned for more information about AccelAdapt™.

 Screenshots from AccelAdapt™ our interactive and continually updating vulnerability and risk assessment software.

Screenshots from AccelAdapt™ our interactive and continually updating vulnerability and risk assessment software.