What is Resilience?

Resilience is about investing today to get our communities at a better place, a higher baseline, so that when the hazard does occur, our community is not impacted as much, and can bounce back more quickly.  We cannot keep the hazards from occurring, but if we can invest so that our community is not dropped below a critical threshold where we cannot bounce back, then we are a resilient community.

More about resilience from: FEMA, JEFF, JEFFREY

Who we are

FernLeaf Interactive and NEMAC have formed a public-private partnership that provides community resilience solutions. We co-developed the NOAA standard “Steps to Resilience” process for helping communities understand risk and build resilience to
natural hazards. We have partnered with Esri to tailor this process to the local government level on the ArcGIS Platform. We are supporting resilience planning in communities throughout the nation. 

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

What we do

Communities are more exposed than ever to the growing threat of natural hazards. In the face of limited budgets to reduce risk, investments in resilience and adaptation need to be highly targeted. 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.

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.


Move from unaware to aware

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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. We deliver an easily understandable report of comparable Asset-Threat Pair profiles that aggregate these local-scale assessments to a neighborhood scale so that you can quickly compare risk spatially by sectors and threats. This report can be integrated into your community’s existing hazard mitigation, comprehensive, and other plans. 


Move from
 unprepared to prepared


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



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.

Step 1
Identify Assets & Threats


Step 2
Quantify Vulnerability & Risk


Steps 3 & 4:
Identify & Prioritize Resilience Options


Step 5:
Take Action & Continually Assess



Contact Us

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