New Resilience Tool being developed. Participate?

Texas A&M University is developing an approach to evaluate community resilience in planning efforts.  The project is seeking communities to participate in a pilot phase.  The approach involves considering different […]

Texas A&M University is developing an approach to evaluate community resilience in planning efforts.  The project is seeking communities to participate in a pilot phase.  The approach involves considering different types of community policies and plans, called “networks of plans,” that affect hazard vulnerability (see description below).  Selected communities will receive training and technical assistance.  Key findings are to be summarized on a “scorecard” that compares plans and sub-areas of vulnerability.  Eligibility includes both coastal and non-coastal locations.  Contact information about this opportunity is also shown below. 

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The Resilience Scorecard Project focuses on the development, testing, and practical application of a ‘resilience scorecard’ to assess the coordination of local networks of plans.  The user-friendly tool provides planning practitioners the opportunity to identify when and where their community plans are in conflict, as well as how well they target areas of the community that are most vulnerable.  Armed with this new knowledge, planners can inform the public and decision-makers regarding ‘opportunities’ to strengthen local hazard mitigation planning, by improving the integration, consistency, and responsiveness of their networks of plans.

Pilot Communities (2)

We are seeking to engage two pilot communities willing to work with the Resilience Scorecard research team within the timeframe of July 2016 – January 2017 to test the Resilience Scorecard.  With guidance from the research team, pilot communities will:

  • Assemble a team of stakeholders and key informants familiar with local planning documents
  • Receive training on how to apply  the Resilience Scorecard to the local network of plans
  • Score their own network of plans with technical assistance from the Scorecard Team

Preferred communities include:

  • Population less than 200,000
  • Coastal community with potential for sea level rise
  • Communities positioned to leverage partnerships with other agencies (such as HUD, FEMA, EDA, EPA, RPC/EDD, USACE, NIST, USDA, etc.) and NGOs, VOADs, to achieve mutual aims.

Additional Community Partners (4)

We are seeking to engage with four (4) additional local government partners to test the plan integration assessment tool within the timeframe of January – June 2017.  Each partner will receive training and technical assistance to support scoring their own network of plans.

Preferred communities include:

  • Communities exposed to hazard (can be hazards other than flooding and sea level rise)
  • Communities positioned to leverage partnerships with other agencies (such as HUD, FEMA, EDA, EPA, RPC/EDD, USACE, NIST, USDA, etc.) to achieve mutual aims.

Interested communities should contact:

Jaimie Hicks Masterson, AICP | Program Coordinator
Texas Target Communities, College of Architecture | Texas A&M University
3137 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843
Scoates Hall, Room 117

http://ttc.arch.tamu.edu/
ph: 979.458.1295 |  jmasterson@arch.tamu.edu

Planning for Community Resilience