Planning for a Disaster-Resistant Community

APA publishes a workbook from the Planning for a Disaster-Resistant Community AICP Workshop at the 2005 APA National Planning Conference.

The workbook features information to help planners learn about hazards and how they affect communities and how risk assessment is the fact base for mitigation planning. The workshop also explored linkages between risks and other community elements (e.g., housing, transportation). Case studies highlighted reasons for planning for disaster-resistant communities. Presenters discussed local requirements under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and outlined deadlines, financial incentives, regional partnership approaches, and other practical considerations for community mitigation planning compliance.

From the manual:
"The training course in which you are participating is an outgrowth of nearly 10 years of
ongoing collaboration between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
American Planning Association. During that time, both organizations have sought to
advance the awareness of the planning community of the need to address natural
hazards, and the awareness of other professions of the need to engage planners on this
issue. Because smart growth must be safe growth, the consideration of development
constraints posed by natural hazards, whether they be geologic or weather-related, must
be integrated into the planning process to ensure that we are best serving the public
interest."

[Editor's note: The link below is a 1MB PDF document.]

Thanks to American Planning Association

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