(as published in the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers)
The City of Montague was recently awarded a planning grant from the State of California’s Community Development Block Grant for a Resilience Community Planning project. This project will be developed in partnership with Great Northern Services.
Resilience describes the capacity of communities to function, so that the people living and working in and around the community – particularly the poor and vulnerable – survive and thrive no matter what stresses or shocks they encounter, according to a press release from the City of Montague.
Resilience looks at all the possible disruptive events – both stresses (e.g. drought) and shocks (e.g. fire) – that may occur but are not necessarily predictable. It inventories the community’s assets and identifies the less desirable aspects reducing the community resilience capacity.
“In this planning process we will be looking at the community of Montague – the city and its surrounding communities or sphere of influence – in a comprehensive way covering multiple systems, for example: health and well Being, infrastructure and environment, economic and social, and leadership and strategy” said Seata Madison, Great Northern Services and project leader of the Resilience-Montague. “The community of Montague has the opportunity to enhance their resilience in this ever-changing climate for disasters, shocks and stresses” added Madison.
Resilience Planning can only be successful when the process engages a broad base of community members as well as expert stakeholders, the release states. To ensure success in this planning, the City of Montague will create a Resilience Team to facilitate the process. A digital and paper survey will be developed and widely distributed in order to collect data. The Resilience Team will create post information on a website, to allow for optimal community participation. From this website community members will be able to take surveys, subscribe to social media and receive timely updates on upcoming community meetings.
For more information about Resilience Planning, call (530) 938-4115 extension 113 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.