Case Studies

Sharing stories and experiences is one of the most effective ways to provide answers and identify best practices that help communities become more resilient. Such stories and experiences are captured in the case studies detailed below.

These cases are intended to supplement the nine case studies planned for inclusion in the PAS report that will result from this project. They include both international and domestic examples that are varied in terms of type of disaster, geography, and level of impact. It is hoped that this variety will give all readers something relevant to their own community's circumstances and experience.


Flooding: Cedar Falls, Iowa

The Cedar River has crested above flood stage at least 94 times since 1929, and the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa, has been inundated many times. Read this case study to learn about the variety of mitigation and recovery strategies employed by the city to make the community more resilient.

Hayman Fire: Hayman, Colorado

The Hayman Fire was the largest and most devastating wildfire in Colorado's recorded history. Read this study to learn about the challenges, impacts, and planning efforts associated with this natural disaster.


Global Planners Network organizations that wish to inquire about sharing case studies of post-disaster recovery planning may contact us at for a copy of the case study template and guidelines.

Check back for case studies currently under development