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Be Ready: September is National Preparedness Month

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will recognize September as National Preparedness Month.  Each week will highlight different topics around disaster planning and response for both individuals and communities.  Public and community stakeholders can find ways to participate through FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Month site here.  Free publications are available here.  The hashtags #NatlPrep and #PlanAhead will be used on social media to draw awareness to the campaign.


NADO Research Foundation Releases New Animated Short Video on Economic Resilience  

The NADO Research Foundation has created a short, animated video to explain the basic concepts of economic resilience and its connection to regional economic development.  The video was designed for a mix of audiences and to be shared across a variety of platforms, including at planning workshops, community events, and board/city council meetings, as well as on regional development organization websites and social media.  This video lays out the basics of resilience and is meant to spark a conversation in your own community and region about what resilience means to your residents, businesses, and other local stakeholders.  Click here to view and share the video.  This video was developed as part of NADO RF’s Stronger CEDS, Stronger Regions program, supported through a generous grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  For more information, contact NADO RF Program Manager Brett Schwartz at

Preparing Local Elected Officials for Their Role in Pre-Disaster Planning

Report by Jon Stavney, Executive Director, NWCCOG and Certified Public Manager
Full report here.

Today, preparation is expected of local jurisdictions (counties and municipalities) by state and federal agencies when it comes to disaster planning for communities to be able to scale up a response and access state and federal resources in a disaster situation. While a framework exists, and instructions for scaffolding that framework from a local level upward also exist, there is not a clear, digestible standardized template that exist. This in spite of the fact that each jurisdiction, no matter how small or limited in its own capacity, is expected to develop a plan that is organic to its own capacity and identified hazards. Local officials have a key role in Colorado in helping drive the agenda for what work needs to be done in their communities. Many local officials do not understand that state and federal agencies expect this “bottom up” framework construction through development of a number of different emergency planning documents, or that this is to be accomplished ahead of any incident which may exceed local capabilities. Many local elected officials and managers do not understand the limitations of local capability. The statutory preference for local control in Colorado fragments governance and expertise. Culturally it also means “top down” approaches from state or federal agencies are viewed with skepticism or disdain.  This project consists of three parts, first a survey of elected officials to better understand the problem, and second a review of the publicly posted materials on local jurisdiction websites including an analysis of both, and then finally and the project proposes a number steps towards addressing the problem, including completion of the first proposed step. This project is being performed at the blessing of the members of the Northwest All Hazards Emergency Management Region (NWAHEMR) who are the Emergency Managers across 10 rural, Northwest Colorado counties, but the “client” is the local elected officials and jurisdictions across that region.

NADO Research Foundation and National Association of Regional Councils Provide Resource on Green Infrastructure and Resilience


Traditional ‘gray’ infrastructure systems – like roads, utilities, and water/wastewater networks – have long supported our cities and towns as they grow and develop.  However, as leaders grapple with shrinking budgets and deteriorating local infrastructure, the resilience and multifunctionality of green infrastructure and trees continues to have broad appeal as a fiscally-responsible investment for the long-term health and vibrancy of an area.  A new interactive tool developed by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), Davey Resource Group, and Centerline Strategies, LLC will enable community planners, engineers, stormwater managers, community foresters, and policymakers to better capitalize on trees when investing or reinvesting in their stormwater systems.  This resource can help you unleash new and innovative approaches for realizing the full capacity of trees as a component of your community’s infrastructure systems.  Join NARC, the NADO Research Foundation, and the Trees and Stormwater project team for a webinar on September 20 at 2:00 p.m. E.T. to discuss regional resilience planning and how this new tool can assist you in maximizing the benefits of trees and green infrastructure in your community and region.  Click here to register. 


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