Online Tools and Resources
The Coastal Atlas is a resource supplied by the Texas Sustainable Coastal Initiative, which is a joint partnership of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores through the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities and supported by funds from various agencies including Texas Sea Grant, the Texas General Land Office and NOAA's Coastal Services Center. Here you can find links to Internet-based spatial decision support systems that allow users to identify and visualize critical issues related to numerous dimensions of development.
Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Papers is a series of PDF documents that are useful tools for communicating Post-Disaster Recovery strategies, concerns, and concepts to the general public and government officials. Produced by the American Planning Association, an organization that "provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change."
Public Engagement in Recovery Planning
Measuring Success in Recovery
Planning Resilient Infrastructure
Economic Recovery for Manufacturing
Flood Insurance and Design Requirements
Planning for Recovery Management
Adopt a Pre-Event Recovery Ordinance
Green Infrastructure and Post-Disaster Recovery
Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Recovery
Beyond the Basics is a website that was developed as part of a multi-year research study funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Coastal Resilience Center and led by the Center for Sustainable Community Design within the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities at Texas A&M University. The website can guide communities through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool is a web-based resource designed to aid local government stakeholders and other end users in tracking the progress and quality of post-disaster recovery.
The Coastal Resilience Index (CRI) is a tool communities can use to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery. To complete the index, community leaders get together and use the tool to guide discussion about their community’s resilience to coastal hazards. It is a simple, inexpensive method to identify weaknesses a community may want to address prior to the next hazard event.
The Fisheries Resilience Index (FRI) is a self-assessment tool developed for fishery industry leaders and businesses. It serves as a simple and inexpensive method of predicting if individual fishing businesses and the regional fisheries industry are prepared to maintain operations during and after disasters. Completing the Fisheries Resilience Index will assist the fishing industry in developing actions for long-term resilience.
The Tourism Resilience Index (TRI) is a self-assessment tool developed for tourism industry leaders and businesses. It serves as a simple and inexpensive method of predicting if individual tourism businesses and the regional tourism industry are prepared to maintain operations during and after disasters. Coastal tourism will benefit from the index by identifying strengths and weaknesses in its system. The index will help identify action items the industry can work toward to address system vulnerabilities and maintain long-term viability.
The Ports Resilience Index (PRI) is a self-assessment tool developed for Port and marine industry leaders. It serves as a simple and inexpensive method of assessing if Ports and the regional marine transportation sector are prepared to maintain operations during and after disasters. Completing the PRI will assist Ports in developing actions for long-term resilience.
Community Planning and Capacity Building (CPCB) is part of FEMA's National Disaster Recovery Framework and serves to improve the recovery planning of local governments and leaders.
Flooding Events Post Hurricane Harvey: potential liability for dam and reservoir operators and recommendations moving forward is a report from the Natural Resources Systems Program at Texas A&M School of Law that reviews "current dam and reservoir operations in Texas and examines the potential liability that such operators may face for actions and decisions taken in response to storm and flooding events."
Planning Information Exchange’s October 2018 webinar, hosted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the American Planning Association, focused on Plan Integration for the Resilience Scorecard. Here are some materials from that webinar:
Guidebook for Plan Integration Scorecard – A National Research Council (NCR) recommendation lead Texas A&M researchers to develope this guidebook to address concerns of inconsistent plans in communities overwhelmed by the overabundance of material.