Resilience Assessment Recommendations

Lets put on a resilience lens!

Here we break out recommendations from the Resilience Assessment by the six different sectors that form the framework for the Assessment: Community, Economy, Health and Social, Housing, Infrastructure, and Natural Environment. Our hope is that you will look at these recommendations and at the Resilience Assessment as a whole to see how it can be used to inform your work and to build partnerships that will fill gaps in resources and increase community capacities across the region.

These recommendations were created by using a “Resilience Lens,” or analyzing pieces of these six sectors to determine whether they had the characteristics of resilient systems. More information about the Resilience Lens can be found below.



Natural Environment


Health and Social


Recommendations for Community Resilience

Integrate emergency communications centers in the county.

Provide emergency warnings and first responder services in English and Spanish.

Increase integration of building codes and land use policy across jurisdictions.

Increase connection between county residents and government and improve public engagement in planning and decisions.

Institutionalize the County Collaborative and work to expand it to include representation from all governments within the county.

Develop a regional coordination body to develop and champion regional integrated land use, housing, and transportation planning.

Institutionalize the learning and cross-sectoral communication fundamental to both recovery and resilience.

Identify ways to build in transitional support as people leave jobs and new people come on.

Recommendations for a Resilient Economy

Increase the preparedness of small businesses by helping them develop realistic business continuity and contingency plans.

Develop improved emergency assistance for small businesses.

Improve agricultural disaster assistance programs at local and state level for farmers and ditch companies.

Maintain predictable environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Increase workforce training opportunities.

Coordinate local governments in the region around planning for transportation, housing, and employment.

Prepare for likely future reduction in federal disaster response and recovery resources.

Recommendations for a Resilient Health and Social Sector

Open a homeless shelter for families in the county.

Increase access to mental health services locally and advocate for increased mental health action at the state and national levels.

Strengthen and expand connection with our undocumented community.

Support neighborhood-building efforts.

Learn from mountain community risk awareness, preparedness and social connectivity and develop ways to foster similar behavior in plains communities.

Enhance existing legal system advocacy, information dissemination, and communication.

Share community best-practices for resilience.

Recommendations for a Resilient Housing Sector

Create an environment where we can learn.

Create loan or grant programs to incentivize those working in the city to buy homes locally.

Increase mixed-use development tailored to local values and design standards.

Incentivize the construction of housing that supports community interaction.

Develop effective outreach for residents around housing and experimentation.

Develop more housing for the chronically homeless.

Support and expand renewable energy and Smart Grid initiatives.

Recommendations for Resilient Infrastructure

Review structures for their ability to function as desired in a warmer, more variable climate and plan for retrofitting as needed.

For infrastructure that does not meet current code, be aware of how code non-conformity affects risk.

Use infrastructure to build community.

Address the need for additional infrastructure system redundancies in roads, energy, drinking water and sewage treatment.

Support and expand efforts to develop multiple power generation options and island-able power facilities.

Assure that in disaster critical transportation corridors remain functional or can be rapidly reinstated.

Continue expanding transportation options, both within the county and regionally.

Recommendations for a Resilient Natural Environment

Transform land use patterns in the mountains to support forest health, support fire mitigation, and simplify wildfire response.

Increase understanding among all county residents of the county-wide impacts of wildfire.

Further integrate our understanding of and approach to the natural environment.

Support local farmer livelihoods to preserve land in agricultural production and provide healthy local food.

Develop strong environmental regulations for energy development.

Continue and expand efforts to restore and maintain native ecosystems.

Begin identifying now the significant planning and investment in water infrastructure, resident conservation and reduction initiatives, and water transfer flexibility that will be increasingly needed by a warmer, lower-snowpack future.

The Resilience Lens

Resilience is fundamentally a way of looking at things – a “lens” through which the world comes into a different focus. The resilience lens we use for this assessment consists of 8 characteristics of people, institutions and systems. Taken together, these 8 characteristics define what makes something more or less resilient and, when used as a framework for analysis, can help identify areas of on-going activity and strength, as well as areas of weakness and opportunity.

Able To Learn

People, communities and organizations learn from their experiences and use this learning in the future.


Systems and communities have a great deal of variety, and functions can be delivered in multiple different ways.


The physical landscape, people, and policy and culture can change, evolve and adapt in response to changing circumstances.


Processes are transparent, open and fair. Resources are available and accessible for all. Power dynamics and equitability are taken into account.


Systems and people are interconnected. They share information and resources, are designed to function in complementary ways, and provide mutual support.


There are multiple ways to achieve a need or function, and alternative options for when things go wrong. (However, redundancies that build resilience are intentional, cost-effective, and prioritized!)

Resourceful and Connected

People have a range of ways to achieve their goals and meet their needs.

Robust yet Able to Fail Safely

Systems are designed to withstand regular impacts and continue to serve their purposes. If impacts are so great that things break, they fail in ways that minimize impacts.