Coastal Community Resilience Team

Building resilience is an economic imperative for the region and GOMA provided a collaborative approach for communities and businesses to identify risks and vulnerabilities, address those risks, and share with others. Throughout the implementation of Action Plan I and Action Plan II, the Coastal Community Resilience Priority Issue Team was led by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Coastal Community Resilience ACTIONS

Risk and Resilience Assessment

Provide tools to coastal communities to better understand the risks and impacts associated with coastal hazards, including climate changes.

  • Community Resilience Index — Self-assessment tool communities can use to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery.
  • Coastal CHARM Resilience Tool — Planning tool for engaging the public and gathering their values about the community’s future.
  • Coastal IQ — Survey that collects data for the measurement of societal norms, practices, and beliefs surrounding resiliency issues
  • Modeling and Abating the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Five Significant Estuarine Systems in the Gulf of Mexico — Project is using geographic information systems and simulation models to investigate the potential effects of accelerated sea-level rise on coastal wetlands and dependent species at five priority estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico. The predicted sea level rise has the potential to greatly influence coastal productivity and the viability of many coastal species.
  • Dissemination and Evaluation of a Coastal Community Resilience Index — Project proposes to build on earlier efforts that developed and pilot tested a Coastal Community Resilience Index (RI) assessment tool and focuses on delivering and implementing the RI across communities in the five U.S. Gulf of Mexico states.
Risk and Resilience Management Toolbox

Prepare an inventory of existing capabilities and tools to address coastal hazards in the Gulf region, identify important gaps, and, where needed, develop new methods to enhance regional and local resilience.

  • StormSmart Coasts Network — Online resource for coastal decision makers looking for the latest and best information on how to protect their communities from weather and climate hazards
  • Clean & Resilient Marinas — Initiative to promote and expand resilient and environmentally responsible operations and best management practices at marinas in the Gulf region. It is a three-document set including a Guidebook, Policy Guide, and a tri-fold brochure.
Risk and Resilience Communication

Inform communities about the risks associated with coastal hazards and provide access to the tools necessary to increase their resilience.

  • Resilient Coastal Development through Land Use Planning — Report that presents broad categories of land use tools that can be used by local communities for developing resilient policies in a variety of settings.
  • Mississippi Homeowner Handbook — Helps homeowners in Mississippi prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property
  • Alabama Homeowner Handbook — Helps homeowners in Alabama prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property
  • Florida Homeowner Handbook — Helps homeowners in Florida prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property
  • Texas Homeowner Handbook — Helps homeowners in Texas prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property
  • Louisiana Homeowner Handbook — Helps homeowners in Louisiana prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property
  • Designing for Impact — Project will provide designers, policymakers, and developers with tools they can use to support development that is designed, built, and managed to preserve valuable natural areas and systems.
  • Enhancing Community Resilience and Saving Money: Assisting Communities Through the 2013 Community Rating System — Project proposes to work with local coastal communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to facilitate the transition to the 2013 CRS Coordinators’ Manual.
  • Resilience Training Workshops — A series of workshops conducted across the Gulf States to train local communities to evaluate their resilience using the Resilience Index.
  • Coastal Resilience Advertising — Produced 40 print-ready, website-ready, and radio messages to promote coastal resilience across the Gulf of Mexico.

For more detailed information about project partners and funding, please download the full report here.