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Resources on Resilience

Resilience is the capacity to recover from adversity or change, including adaptive capacity. Communities interested in becoming more resilient assess their vulnerabilities and make action plans to reduce their sensitivities and exposures to hazards of all kinds. Learn more here:


To foster economic resilience, communities can work to encourage and support local production of goods and supplies, increase self-reliance, and reduce the flow of funds out of the community. There are a variety of strategies communities use to increase economic resilience:

  1. Placemaking
  2. Local food production and distribution
  3. Support local business groups
  4. Business incubators

Another important attribute of resilient communities is climate resilience. As we see an increasing number of severe weather events, resilient communities will withstand:

  1. Severe Flooding
  2. Severe Heat
  3. Severe storms

Changes or variations in climate will affect all communities differently. Great Lakes coastal communities have a number of unique challenges and opportunities. Find out more here: http://www.great-lakes.net/envt/refs/cchange.html

Individual households can take a number of steps to increase their resilience: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/government/departments_offices/emergency_management/index.html

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments provides case studies of best practices for low impact development specific to southeast Michigan: http://library.semcog.org/InmagicGenie/DocumentFolder/LIDManualWeb.pdf

This page last updated on 8/1/2013.

Project Service Providers:LIAACommunity Foundation of Monroe CountyMichigan Municipal LeagueMichigan Townships AssociationMichigan Association of PlanningUniversity of Michigan