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Recovery from economic, natural, and health-related disasters is a long-term process that must start from immediate community action. This section explores strategies and ideas for recovery from disasters.
Many disasters, such as a pandemic, are disasters that ignore political boundaries and regional collaborative approaches are necessary. Yet the changes needed to move toward recovery happen fastest at the local level.
When communities take the time to formalizing the current recovery efforts into plans, policies, and partnerships, a community becomes more economically resilient to future shocks and stresses. Resilience strategies are a mixture of proven best practices and creative improvisation. RRC will expand these strategies and ideas with additional precedents, particularly as the COVID-19 crisis evolves in Michigan.
These immediate strategies and ideas are organized by RRC’s Six Best Practices. We’ve broadened the Best Practice categories to include ideas outside of redevelopment.
Resilience is broad and our path forward must be collaborative. No one agency, field or program can or should claim ownership of this space. As such, RRC has created a guide to help communities better understand - and act on - issues applicable to their community.
Each chapter in this toolkit provides an overview of a theme, then breaks down a set of suggested values, goals, metrics and actions you can use in your master plans, capitalvimprovement plans or resilient climate action plans. Look forvwhen a recommendation ties directly to an RRC Best Practice expectation. These resilient strategies are meant to supplement the RRC Best Practices and provide RRC communities a set of resources that go beyond the RRC expectations.
WATCH: Building Community Resilience
Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been working with partners for more than a year to build a collection of resources dedicated to resiliency. At the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) 2021 virtual conference, MEDC and its partners shared the results of their work so far.
Strategies by Best Practice