In November 2010, The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Community Resilience Priority Issue Team completed the Coastal Resilience Index: A Community Self-Assessment. The tool was designed to help communities prepare for storms and recovery in their aftermath.

Fast forward to January 2015, the City of Aransas Pass, Texas is conducting a survey on local disaster preparedness. With a grant from the Alabama-Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium, community leaders are using the Index to help guide discussions for resilience best practices.

The purpose of the Index is to provide an easy and low cost way to self-assess a community’s strengths and weaknesses to coastal hazards. It allows a municipality to identify areas that need more focus. The Index provides insight into six areas: facilities and infrastructure, transportation, community plans and agreements, mitigation measure, business plans, and social systems. Through this assessment, Aransas Pass officials will be better informed to make plans and implement decisions.

The Science & Spanish Club Network, Inc. will use the Index at its 11th annual Gulf of Mexico Youth Leadership in Stewardship Conference on February 21, 2015. This platform will introduce storm preparation and coastal resilience to area youth who may also be members of underrepresented cultural groups.

The Aransas-Pass community survey can be accessed here. To read more about the Coastal Resilience Index read about it here.