On Wednesday, April 11, counties demonstrated how to build a culture of preparedness to disasters as part of NACo’s Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Twitter Chat hosted by @NACoTweets.
Part of the Resilient Counties Initiative’s effort to create a Disaster Toolkit for Counties, the #ResilientCounties Twitter Chat showcased how counties have made critical investments in mitigation projects and policies and forged creative partnerships that have allowed them to sustainably recover from recent disasters.
We know that for every $1 the federal government invests in mitigation, the nation saves $6. However, this figure does not capture the value of investments at the local level, nor does it capture the ingenuity employed by municipal leaders in making forward-thinking funding and policy decisions that promote local resilience. Throughout the day, NACo and its partners shared examples of county accomplishments, as well as available disaster resilience resources that counties can use to start strengthening their own efforts today.
Q1: What types of mitigation POLICIES have been most effective in ensuring that your #county’s residents and assets are well-protected and able to sustainably recover from a disaster (e.g. land use ordinances, building codes, etc.)? #ResilientCounties— NACo (@NACoTweets) April 11, 2018
Q2: What types of pre-hazard mitigation PROJECTS has your #county found to be most successful over the past decade (e.g. green infrastructure projects, facility hardening, etc.)? Please provide specific examples or share links. #ResilientCounties— NACo (@NACoTweets) April 11, 2018
Q4: Does your #county participate in the National Flood Insurance Program #NFIP Community Rating System? Please indicate at which class the #county is currently rated and why it has chosen to participate or not participate. #ResilientCounties— NACo (@NACoTweets) April 11, 2018
Q5: When updating #county plans, how has your #county coordinated across #county agencies or partnered with local jurisdictions, surrounding #counties, volunteer groups or faith-based organizations? Please provide specific examples or links. #ResilientCounties— NACo (@NACoTweets) April 11, 2018
Q8: What types of trainings, exercises or drills has your #county undertaken to increase its disaster preparedness? Who participated from your community (e.g. #county commissioners, municipal employees, nonprofit groups, residents, etc.)? #ResilientCounties— NACo (@NACoTweets) April 11, 2018
Q9: What types of public education and outreach has your #county conducted to inform residents and businesses of potential hazards and how they can prepare to protect their lives and properties? #ResilientCounties— NACo (@NACoTweets) April 11, 2018