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Smart Growth America’s State Resilience Program offers resources, tools, and ideas for state leaders and agencies to build more resilient places and reduce the risk of natural hazards to human life and investments.

Drawing on the work of pioneering state leaders, federal agencies, and national experts, this program represents the cutting edge of land use and engagement strategies for hazard resilience. Materials are based on the experience of peer agencies from across the country, the latest research on programs and activities that states control, and proven approaches for building municipal partnerships.

As American communities face increasing risk from natural hazards, state leaders have an essential role to play in protecting cities, regions, and neighborhoods. Implementing resilience strategies before disasters strike can prevent effects from escalating, protect vulnerable populations, and help local communities and economies rebuild stronger. Resilience planning can also align with existing development goals to help states achieve greater return on investments of taxpayer money and strengthen partnerships between state agencies and communities.

States and communities that build in resilient ways will be better prepared to protect communities when disasters occur—and are likely to reap economic, environmental, and equity benefits even before they do. Use the navigation at left to explore more of what the State Resilience Program can offer you.

Smart Growth America’s State Resilience Program was launched at the 2014 State Resilience and Economic Growth Summit, hosted by the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, an initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation administered by Smart Growth America.