Why Plan for Resiliency?

Resiliency planning encourages a community to develop strategies that reduce vulnerability to shocks and stresses, and build capacity to bounce back stronger after major events and thrive amidst changing social, economic, and environmental conditions.

There are a several paths that a community can take to address its long-term resiliency, from developing a local resiliency framework to incorporating resiliency into existing plans (e.g. land use plans, hazard mitigation plans, and comprehensive plans). 

By planning for resiliency now, communities throughout Colorado will experience less damage and fewer losses from shocks and stresses such as a devastating flood, deep economic recession, or terrorism attack; they will be prepared to bounce back, and build back strong. Additional benefits of resiliency planning include:

  • Increase community cohesion and community identity;
  • Comprehensive and more universal vulnerability identification;
  • Decreased impacts from shock and stresses;
  • Lower costs associated with major events; and
  • A roadmap to receive project funding.

This section will explore the role a resiliency framework can play in advancing your community's resiliency, as well as exploring opportunities to build resiliency into existing plans and policies.