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For a community to have a risk assessment that will allow them to understand the impacts and vulnerabilities within the community, they must account for the social factors that affect people's ability to respond to and recovery from an event. This goes beyond just thinking of the infrastructure and lifelines to a community. The makeup and resources of the people in neighborhoods is key in an assessment that allows you ...more »
One area which would make a community more successful in terms of mitigation and increasing their resilience would be to integrate hazard mitigation planning with other community planning such as land use or economic development planning. Mitigation planning could also be integrated with pre-disaster recovery planning to be better positioned to take full advantage of opportunites that may present themselves in a chaotic ...more »
For a community to successfully mitigation the risks that it faces they must first identify the threats and hazards that are possible for them. Based on an assessment of those risks, a community could then decide what threats and hazards they want to prioritize to mitigate against. A community and the nation as a whole would benefit from the community being able to share their risk assessment data and use it for multiple ...more »
Mitigation would be successful in communities if local community governments and the local private sector business community and non-profits would focus their efforts in an collaborative way to leverage the resources available for mitigation activities and to provide incentives.