Build resilience through targeted mitigation and adaptation strategies

Understanding the complex threats and hazards facing a community is the first step to planning effective mitigation and adaptation strategies that can reduce risk and build resilience. With today's increasingly complex threats and hazards, emergency management professionals can no longer rely on historic knowledge alone to prepare for tomorrow.

Esri provides emergency managers with the world's most advanced solution for visualizing and analyzing the systemic nature of risk, modeling and designing mitigation projects that are more equitable, and to communicate and engage directly with the local community to build resilience from the ground up. Using GIS maps to make data-driven decisions about reducing risk and vulnerability can help emergency managers build towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

Integrated solutions for building resilience


Assess risk and identify vulnerabilities

A complete multihazard and integrated risk assessment is the foundation for building resilience. Map and visualize hazards, assets, and social inequities, analyze the risk to residents and infrastructures, and look for interdependencies you never knew existed to help guide your projects and outreach. Risk is now more systemic than ever; Location intelligence can help you better understand risk and identify vulnerabilities to safeguard your community.


Send resources to the most vulnerable areas

With a complete understanding of the risk and vulnerabilities, you can act with confidence. Develop emergency management mitigation strategies and design adaption and outreach programs that target key areas in more equitable ways—reducing the loss of life, property, and livelihood. Ensure you are working to be as effective as possible even with limited resources.


Communicate with and engage the public

Increasing resilience requires building awareness at every level, starting with each person in your community. Communicate personal and household risks with residents using GIS. Use maps to keep residents informed about active risks, engage them in resilience-building emergency management preparedness initiatives, and provide transparency and collect input for mitigation projects to improve adoption and success rates. As an emergency manager, you are an advocate for your community. Get residents involved and lead the way to better preparedness.

Real-life examples

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