Category 1: Policy, Leadership, and Collaboration
This category is for measuring policy and legislation in place for coastal resilience. It includes coordination and collaboration between various levels of government, and how accessible and open government data is to the public.
Category 2: Risk Assessment and Emergency Management
This category examines how well a locality has conducted risk assessments to prepare for coastal storm hazards, identified vulnerable populations and their needs during or after a coastal storm hazard, and developed plans for disaster preparedness, including a Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Category 3: Infrastructure Resilience
This category addresses critical infrastructure and assesses how well the locality has identified methods and plans for protecting this critical infrastructure during coastal storm hazards.
Category 4: Planning for Resilience
This category covers land use, planning, and incentives. It assesses the comprehensive plan and zoning code for attention to resilience. It also looks at how much a locality is using various incentives to promote resilience in building and development. It shows how well a locality’s policies to protect its ecosystems and green infrastructure to improve its resilience, as well as how much resilience has been incorporated into the Capital Improvement Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Category 5: Community Engagement, Health and Well-Being
This category assesses how well the community engages with residents in planning for coastal storm hazards, and supports and empowers residents to provide leadership to support resilience. Social equity considerations are important, as localities should be especially active in involving low income and minority members of the community who may be more vulnerable, who may have greater needs for assistance during and after coastal storm hazard events, and who may also benefit from different methods of engagement. This category also examines aspects of the locality’s attention to issues of health and wellness during and after coastal events, as community ‘wellness’ builds the capacity of a community to become more resilient and adaptive.