State Agencies and Offices
Organizations, Guides, and Toolkits
Colorado Recovery and Resiliency Collaborative: The Colorado Recovery and Resiliency Collaborative began after the recent floods and fires in an effort to learn lessons from the disaster and to find ways to improve disaster response and preparedness throughout the state. The group works with agencies and organizations active in disaster recovery to share their experiences and work together to find creative solutions to common issues and challenges.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: Find resources and a framework to understand and address climate issues that impact people and their communities.
100 Resilient Cities: 100 Resilient Cities is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Visit the site to see city specific resiliency strategies and learn more about their organization.
BoCo Strong: BoCo Strong functions as a countywide resilience hub to create and support collaborative relationships between individuals, communities, nonprofits, governments and businesses. Visit their website for information on their purpose, current projects, and more.
Rand Resiliency Toolkit: A community resiliency "Learn and Tell" toolkit. This toolkit is intended to teach people about community resilience so that they can then teach others. Follow the link to see the full document.
Community Resilience Building: This workshop enables participants to identify hazards, challenges, strengths, and actions to increase community resilience.
Climate Ready Communities: The Practical Guide to Climate Resilience can help local governments navigate the challenging process of building climate resilience when funding and other resources are limited.
Colorado State Demography Office: Visit for current demographic data and view interactive graphs for Colorado or individual counties.
2015 Colorado Climate Plan: Collaborative document on state level policies and strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in a wide range of areas such as Water, Transportation, Energy, Ecosystems and more.
Colorado Water Conservation Board - Climate Change: View current and past climate change documents and information.
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade: Source of a wide variety of demographic statistics and facts about Colorado.
2013 Colorado Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan: The State of Colorado's plan for identifying and mitigating natural hazards, created by a network of State agencies and other stakeholders.
How Resiliency Creates Better Communities
Colorado Resiliency Framework: View the resiliency framework document and find other information on the Colorado United website.
Colorado Public Health Reauthorization Act: See the Colorado Public Health Reauthorization Act for an executive summary, implementation guide, improvement plan, and power and duties of different governmental bodies.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Services and information, regulation documents, related data and more can be found on the CDPHE's website.
Colorado's 10 Winnable Battles: Get more information on Colorado's 10 public health and environmental priorities that have known, effective solutions.
The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to Become the Healthiest State. This 2013 report summarizes Colorado’s strengths and weaknesses in keeping Coloradans healthy and helping them to become healthier, and it outlines 18 initiatives to help the state achieve its goals. Supplemental reports are also available on this page.
BoCo Strong's Community Resilience and Capacity Building Program: This document outlines the goal and strategy behind this program and explains key terms and why resiliency matters.
Actions to Create Resilient Communities
Local Resiliency Frameworks: Following the adoption of the Colorado Resiliency Framework in 2015, a pilot local resiliency planning process was initiated in three of the most disaster-impacted counties -- Boulder, Larimer and El Paso -- which will serve as a springboard for resiliency planning throughout the state. Click to view available local resiliency frameworks and more information.
Developing a Resiliency Framework
Community Tool Box: Identifying and Analyzing Stakeholders and Their Interests: In order to conduct a participatory process and gain all the advantages it brings, you have to figure out who the stakeholders are, which of them need to be involved at what level, and what issues they may bring with them. See this page for detailed information on this part of the planning process.
Resiliency Sectors Worksheet: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, this worksheet can help stakeholders to consider community resiliency for each of the six sectors used in the Colorado Resiliency Framework, and provide project ideas to address potential shocks and stresses.
Existing Conditions Guide: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, the existing Conditions Guide helps to identify data and information needed to effectively analyze conditions within the community.
Shocks and Stresses Worksheet: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, this worksheet can help users identify applicable shocks and stresses, the inter-dependencies between shocks and stresses that magnify vulnerability, and to understand how those vulnerabilities affect the community's ability to adapt to changing conditions or recover after a disruptive event.
Visioning and Goals Worksheet: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, this worksheet provides guidance on the creation of a community vision and goals.
Strategy Review Worksheet: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, this worksheet provides a template to revise draft strategies into polished products.
Articulate the Roadmap
Roadmap to Resiliency Worksheets: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, these worksheets help to identify funding and technical assistance needs for projects.
Bright Spots in Community Engagement: A series of case studies of U.S. communities and their process for building civic participation
Urban Planning and the Public Participation Process: Explores the use of technology and social media in planning processes.
A Guidebook to Community Engagement: Addresses how to involve urban and low-income populations in environmental planning processes.
Detroit Works Long-Term Planning Project: A report on strategies and tools used to address barriers of civic engagement, including planning fatigue and cynicism about planning and engagement efforts, compounded by social and cultural tensions.
Participation Tools for Better Community Planning: An overview of public participation tools to help communities plan for land use and transportation programs.
Stakeholder Engagement Tools for Action: An adaptable comprehensive strategy for engaging and maintaining stakeholder input.
Plan Comment Form: Developed for the pilot local resiliency process, this for can be used to promote thorough and efficient plan feedback.
Integrating Resiliency into Existing Plans
Reducing Losses through Higher Regulatory Standards: This case study from FEMA on the 2013 Colorado floods explored a number of scenarios to see how the adoption of regulations impacted losses, and how Community Rating System scores impacted claims and policies for the National Flood Insurance Program.
Plan Integration: Linking Local Planning Efforts. This tool was developed to help your community analyze local plans to document existing integration and further integrate hazard mitigation principles into local planning mechanisms and vice versa. Follow the link to view the guide which breaks down this process into four main parts.
Hazard Mitigation Planning Laws, Regulations & Policies: The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 established criteria for hazards mitigation plan. This page outlines for mitigation planners, emergency management officials, and others the laws, regulations, and policies for FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans.
Adopted Hazard Mitigation Plans in Colorado: A listing of adopted hazard mitigation in Colorado, organized by region and county.
Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning: This report from the American Planning Association provides best practices and case studies from communities throughout the U.S. for successfully integrating hazard mitigation into various types of community and regional plans.
Social Vulnerability Index: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Social Vulnerability Index is a tool for determining the social vulnerability of each census tract in the U.S. across 14 different social factors.
Resilience in Economic Development Planning: Following the 2013 floods, this 2014 report from the Economic Development Administration identified nine key opportunities for Colorado communities and economic development organizations to incorporate resiliency into economic development planning.
DOLA - Comprehensive Plans: DOLA's site on comprehensive plans provides an explanation of what comprehensive plans are, resources for developing plans, and sample plans from Colorado counties and municipalities.
Green Infrastructure: The EPA provides key information on green infrastructure - what it is, its benefits, its role in climate resiliency, cost-benefit resources, and guidance for overcoming barriers to green infrastructure.
Planning for Hazard Guide: In 2016, The Colorado Department of Local Affairs released this guide in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver. It is designed to enable municipalities and counties to address hazards through the integration of resilience and hazard mitigation principles into land use-related plans and codes. The tool provides assistance for local communities to assess their level of risk to 11 different hazards, and gives detailed guidance on specific planning tools and model language that can help reduce community risk.
Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal: In 2012, The Colorado State Forest Service established the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Project in order to provide consistent data for wildfire mitigation planning in Colorado. As part of this project, CSFS developed the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (CO-WRAP) to make the data available to both the general public and professional users.
Community Inclusion in Colorado Maps: The the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment created Community Inclusion in Colorado, which can help communities identify strengths and vulnerabilities within Colorado pertaining to health and social services -- including resources, assets and populations. The community inclusion maps can also be used to support the assessment of needed community programs and resources, and encourage population analysis to ensure outreach materials about health and social services are available in all appropriate languages within each community.
Colorado Hazard Mapping Program: Ongoing hazard and risk mapping efforts are cataloged in the Colorado Hazard Mapping site. Updating information about these hazards will enable areas likely to be affected by flooding, erosion, and debris flow to incorporate these risks into mitigation efforts and land use decisions that will protect future development, property, and lives, and enhance water quality and river function.
Rules and Regulations for Regulatory Floodplains: Adopted by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 2011, the rules provide uniform standards for regulatory floodplains throughout the state, creating standards for activities that could potentially impact floodplains in Colorado. These rules and regulations help prevent flooding and its impacts, as well as help protect public health, safety, welfare and property by limiting development activities in floodplains. They also help Colorado communities develop and implement sound floodplain management activities, in accordance with FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.
Resilient Design Performance Standard for Infrastructure and Dependent Facilities: The Boulder County Collaborative’s standards outline community-wide, all-hazard time-to-recovery performance goals for infrastructure and dependent facilities, and provides a design standard that lays out resilience criteria and associated indicators that rely on and merge together resilience measurement sources from the State, Boulder County, and other best available information from the scientific community.
FEMA Community Rating System: FEMA’s Community Rating System is a voluntary program that encourages communities to undertake floodplain management activities that go beyond FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program requirements. Activities are organized under four main categories (Public Information, Mapping and Regulation, Flood Damage Reduction, and Warning and Response), and provide participating communities with discounts on flood insurance premium rates ranging from 5%-45%.
Plan Integration: Linking Local Planning Efforts: This tool was developed by FEMA to help communities analyze local plans in order to document existing integration and further integrate hazard mitigation principles into local planning mechanisms and vice versa.
Flood Resilience Checklist: Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, this checklist can help communities explore how prepared they are to avoid and/or reduce damages from a potential flood.
Economic Resilience Planning Tool: This tool from HUD provides users with a number of best practices to integrate aspects of economic disaster mitigation, preparedness, and recovery into economic development plans.
Incorporating Resilience into Critical Infrastructure Projects: This guide from the Department of Homeland Security provides those working on critical infrastructure programs with information and steps to take that can enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure systems. It will help decision makers prioritize projects that advance resilient infrastructure through design and investment choices.
Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems: Developed by The National Institute of Standards and Technology, this guide provides communities with an approach to improve their resiliency by prioritizing resources and incorporating resiliency into zoning, codes, policies, and economic development activities, in order to manage risks from hazards to buildings and infrastructure.
Metropolitan Council Resilience Plan: This resource guides communities to integrate resilience strategies into local comprehensive plans to improve resiliency to climate change.