Success will mean different things to different communities throughout Colorado. For some, it may mean incorporating resiliency language into hazard mitigation plans, while for others it may mean developing new affordable housing outside of high-risk zones. Regardless of what the measures are, it is important for a community to have indicators to measure what a successful outcomes will look like. This helps to provide the implementation team with a picture of what they are working to accomplish as well as measure over time what they have accomplished.
Each community will need to define what measures of success they will use. As an example, the following are a few success indicators set forth in the Colorado Resiliency Framework for what would make the state more resilient in five years:
- Long-term local and state budgets incorporate resiliency investments;
- Resiliency is incorporated into local plans and resiliency officers are on local government staffs;
- Risk and vulnerability mapping, community inclusion mapping, and model land use codes are adopted and utilized by communities;
- Transportation and watersheds plan and design together and repair jointly;
- Impacted residents and businesses are able to continue to live and operate in their communities after a disaster event; and
- Colorado is a national model for statewide resiliency.
A resiliency framework is not a static document. As the community changes over time, the goals and strategies of the plan may also change. With time, new goals, strategies, and project ideas will need to be identified. Each community will need to determine how often to review and revise its resiliency framework, and some may determine to review and update as needed at a set interval (e.g. every 3 years). However, there are many factors that may prompt a community to review its resiliency framework, including:
- A major disaster event;
- Significant changes in community existing conditions (e.g. rapid economic growth or decline, population growth);
- Updates to plans such as master plans, hazard mitigation plans, etc.; and
- Completion of a number of projects identified in the resiliency framework.