Public participation can help communities shape their environments in a way that promotes inclusion and community ownership. Methods for public participation vary depending on the scope of a project, resources for engagement, the final desired outcome, and the level of community interest.
In hurricane-affected areas, local context and preferences are important when seeking input from community members. Some public participation strategies may be more successful than others. In some situations, using a variety of public participation methods can help capture diverse perspectives on community issues.
This guide provides a variety of strategies, methods, and considerations for engaging the public in hurricane-affected areas.