Improving Resilience Through IRM and Community Planning


  • Models, tools, and methods that you can employ to integrate hazard-risk reduction into local comprehensive planning

  • How to implement the information from these elements into planning processes such as comprehensive plans, emergency operations plans, hazard-mitigation plans, climate change forecast, and HUD’s consolidated planning process

  • How these models, tools, and methods have been employed within selected pilot coastal communities


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), AECOM, the American Planning Association (APA), the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), and the National Association of Counties (NACo) to explore strategies to integrate risk assessment and mitigation planning resources into the larger array of community planning processes more effectively. The project was launched in the fall of 2015 and completed in three phases.

Phase 1 included developing an inventory of models and tools relevant to flood-risk modeling and risk reduction, as well as identifying relevant “points of intervention” within local planning processes. Phase 2 included identifying an approach and demonstrating the approach and tools within the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida, and the City of Oakland and Alameda County, California. Finally, Phase 3 included the development of information resources, processes, and recommendations that can be replicated by other communities, beyond the two pilot communities participating in this project. Explore all three phases of this project, as well as the resilience-building lessons it holds for your community.