Is your state built to bounce back from disaster?


It’s hurricane season here on the East Coast. Just this past weekend we braced for the worst with Hurricane Joaquin.

If you were like me, you might have stocked up on bottled water, flashlights, and batteries. Maybe you also thought that there must be more we can do to protect our communities from disaster — and to help them bounce back afterwards.

Better decisions at the state level can help communities withstand disasters and bounce back more quickly afterwards. Later this month, Smart Growth America will release a new resource designed to help states figure out how to do just that.

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies will help state leaders integrate land use and transportation issues into their conversations about resilience. Disaster preparedness professionals can use it to understand how more strategic decisions can build communities that are more resilient from the ground up.

To kick off the new resource, join us for an online panel discussion on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. Register for this free online event:

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Join the event to hear from Smart Growth America’s policy experts and resilience scholars about this emerging field of practice. And learn how some of the nation’s leading disaster preparedness agencies are using land use and transportation strategies to make their state more resilient.

You’ll also be able to ask questions of the panel experts. And be sure to join the conversation on Twitter at the hashtag #ResilientStates.

I hope you’ll join us for the kickoff event.