DEEP: Setting Preparedness Goals, Planning, and Implementing Actions

Setting Preparedness Goals, Planning, and Implementing Actions
  • Setting Preparedness Goals
  • Developing Climate Adaptation Strategies and Plans
  • Writing Plans and Implementing Strategies
Setting Preparedness Goals
 
Creating a vision of a resilient version of your community and determining the goals that will help you achieve that vision are key steps in climate change adaptation planning. These goals are best when they can be measured and verified, although some goals may be more visionary than concrete. Measurable goals allow communities to demonstrate when an adaptation action has minimized vulnerability, reduced risk, and/or increased adaptive capacity. Although these goals may require the collection of new data, many preparedness goals reflect existing community priorities for which data already exist. Once goals are selected, proxy indicators can be established. Some examples of flood-related indicators include:
  • Cost of 100 year flood event;
  • Percent of land area vulnerable to flooding; and
  • Number of residents living in a floodplain or in a low-elevation coastal zone.
The Global City Indicators Facility has indicators for 22 different themes that measure a range of city services and quality of life factors.
 
Developing Climate Adaptation Strategies and Plans

There are many types of adaptation strategies communities can employ to achieve their preparedness goals. Examples of strategy types include:
  • Regional collaboration and governance
  • Public outreach
  • Research needs and monitoring
  • Planning approaches 
  • Regulatory / legal approaches
  • Design approaches
  • New capital projects
  • Economic approaches
Each community will have to identify their own priorities and methods for evaluating and selecting the most appropriate local strategies. The following sites provide additional information on some of the strategy types listed above and may help a community select actions:
Writing Plans and Implementing Strategies

Below are examples of local adaptation plans and case studies on communities that have identified or specific actions to help address climate change adaptation:
 
 
 
Content Last Updated November 2013