Coastal Storms Program

Resilience Index

The Coastal Resilience Index 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.

Purpose

  • Provides a simple, inexpensive method for community leaders to perform a self-assessment of their community’s resilience to coastal hazards
  • Identifies weaknesses a community may want to address prior to the next hazard event
  • Guides discussion within a community, not intended for comparison between communities

Index details

  • Uses information that is readily available
  • Has eight pages and includes six sections (critical facilities and infrastructure, transportation issues, community plans and agreements, mitigation measures, business plans and social systems)
  • Asks mainly “yes” or “no” questions
  • Can be completed in less than three hours Index supporters
  • NOAA Coastal Storms Program – Gulf of Mexico
  • Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
  • Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Community Resilience Team

The Coastal Resilience Index 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.