Each community has a unique set of capabilities, including authorities, policies, programs, staff, funding, and other resources available to accomplish mitigation. By reviewing existing capabilities the planning team can identify capabilities that currently reduce disaster losses or could be used to reduce losses in the future, as well as capabilities that inadvertently increase risks in the community. This is especially useful for multi‐jurisdictional plans where local capability varies widely.
The plan shall include a mitigation strategy that provides the jurisdiction’s blueprint for reducing the potential losses identified in the risk assessment, based on existing authorities, policies, programs, and resources, and its ability to expand on and improve these existing tools. 44 CFR §201.6(c)(3)
The planning team collects and reviews information on community capabilities. The plan must describe each jurisdiction’s existing authorities, policies, programs, and resources available to accomplish hazard mitigation. To review capabilities, begin by reviewing existing plans, reports, and information and interviewing local departments and agencies to gain a better understanding of relevant programs, regulations, resources, and practices. One approach is to distribute a capabilities worksheet (see Worksheet 4.1) for each planning team member’s community or agency to complete.