Community Vulnerability Assessment (Coming Soon)
The REACH Community Vulnerability Assessment Guide defines a scalable vulnerability assessment process with recommendations for specific variables to improve local vulnerability and resiliency. This guidebook will provide municipalities with a consistent process to identify stressors that will negatively impact adaptive capacity and recovery.
This guidebook is a decision support tool designed to help local governments conduct exposure and sensitivity analysis focused on two major community components — people and housing.
This guide will help local governments to identify how current and future hazard risks impact;
- Social vulnerable populations;
- Current and future housing needs through mapping existing housing resources and repetitive loss properties;
- Existing affordable housing with mitigation potential; and
- Areas where new housing could be developed for long-term safety and resilience.
With this Guide, staff can support interdepartmental information sharing and resilience planning to maximize resources and provide multiple benefits. The ability for a community to prepare for stressors and shocks in advance of a threat or change and recover is its Adaptive Capacity. Expanding the adaptive capacity of communities, especially concerning affordable housing is a main goal and benefit of this Community Vulnerability Assessment Guide.
Hillsborough Case Study: In April of 2018, Hillsborough County enlisted USF’s Florida Center for Community Design and Research and the School of Public Health to work on the Hillsborough County Peril of Flood Act Matrix of Impacts Initiative, the County’s Community Vulnerability Study, and subsequent mitigation recommendations. This sequence of work was designed to inform and to satisfy requirements for the Perils of Flood Act (SB 1094) and the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Chapters 3 and 4. The Hillsborough project illuminated the importance of coordinating policy efforts, timing, and content. By assessing community-wide vulnerabilities, it became clear that continuity between data sourcing and between regional municipalities would potentially streamline the process and help Tampa Bay communities quantify shared resources and challenges. Among the lessons learned throughout the Community Vulnerability Study (CVS), was to view community elements through the lens of layered data sets. Integrated data layers tell us more than one issue at a time, highlighting the compounding effects of chronic stressors and shocks.