Hazards Planning Center

Improving Community Resilience through Risk Modeling

Project Overview

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management developed a project to explore strategies to more effectively integrate mitigation planning into the larger community planning processes.

Led by AECOM, the American Planning Association (APA), the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) partnered to help develop models for integrating resilient hazard mitigation planning into local comprehensive plans.

This project focused on validating a process that coastal and riverine communities could use to better plan development activities to reduce the long-term impacts of inundation.

It included:

  • Assessment of available models, tools, and methods that assess flood risk (both likelihood and exposure) at a specific location
  • Identification of points of intervention where the relevant models, tools, and methods can be integrated into the planning process
  • Identification of opportunities to demonstrate the use of the models, tools, and processes in local planning
  • Demonstration of the approach within pilot communities
  • Outreach to help other communities understand the opportunities
  • Identification of parallel concepts for other threats to communities

Project Details

The survey was active until January 28, 2016. The results were communicated through a variety of outreach methods for other communities to learn from and replicate.

Project Audience

Community planners, floodplain managers, GIS coordinators, emergency managers, and others who are involved with local planning processes were asked for help in creating an inventory of flood risk models, tools, datasets, portals, viewers, and other resources that determine inundation risk at the community level.