A resilience plan involves developing goals and coordinating or integrating policies, programmes and actions taken across infrastructure sectors and diverse stakeholder groups, to reduce risks, and to enable communities to adapt and thrive when faced with challenges related to natural and human-caused hazards.
1. Infrastructure sectors include transportation, energy, housing and built environment, telecommunications, water and waste, etc. Stakeholder groups include political and economic entities and interests.
2. Planning for resilience empowers diverse stakeholders to evaluate plans, set strategic policies and implement projects. This may need to include capacity development provisions.
New Orleans’ Comprehensive Resilience Plan post 2005
After the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city of New Orleans implemented a comprehensive resilience plan to make its infrastructure more resilient to future natural disasters. The plan included measures such as:
- improving the city's levee system to better protect against future floods;
- elevating or relocating buildings in flood-prone areas to reduce the risk of damage from future storms;
- developing a comprehensive evacuation plan to ensure the safe and efficient evacuation of residents in the event of a hurricane or other disaster;
- improving communication systems to ensure that emergency responders and residents can stay in contact during a disaster; and
- implementing green infrastructure projects, such as parks and green roofs, to help absorb excess rainfall and reduce the risk of flooding.
These measures have helped make the city of New Orleans more resilient to natural disasters and better equipped to recover quickly in the event of a future disaster.
- City of New Orleans. (2015, August 25). Resilient New Orleans -Strategic actions to shape our future city. Resilient NOLA. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
- City of New Orleans, Resilient NOLA, & NOLA Ready. (2016, August 16). New Orleans Main Street Resilience Plan. City of New Orleans. Retrieved February 7, 2023.