Coastal Community Resilience Indicators and Rating Systems

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Local planners can be overwhelmed by the large number of resilience-indicator resources available to them, and what each has to offer. The primary purpose of this report is to help minimize the obstacles a community may face when starting to assess community resilience. The report is designed to connect communities to the tools and resources (e.g., guidance documents, approaches, frameworks) best suited for moving them forward in the planning process, whether it be a simple initial risk and vulnerability assessment or a post-hazard response process. The intended audience is community planners, natural resource managers, or similar professionals who might be involved with development of local plans (land use, hazard mitigation, transportation, and others)—or anyone assisting communities with development of these plans. Each community that is able to begin discussing or assessing resilience strengthens the coastal resilience of the nation.