RAFT Scorecard

Scorecard Categories

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.



This website, Task # 92.03 was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA17NOS4190152 
of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. The views expressed
herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, or any of its subagencies.

This project is currently a partnership between the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia, the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience at Old Dominion University, and the Center for Coastal Studies at Virginia Tech. The former Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the William & Mary Law School participated in this partnership from 2015 until June 2023.


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