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When it comes to municipal resilience, we hold two truths to be self-evident:
- Our municipalities are more challenged than ever by weather and climate threats, and
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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™.