Determining the planning area and overall scope of the planning project is up to your community. Building on existing planning efforts or working with other jurisdictions are common approaches to defining the planning area. Identifying the plan’s local lead and the need for outside technical assistance are important first steps in organizing your resources. Whether a single or multi-jurisdictional plan, all jurisdictions share the same commitment to developing a plan to reduce risks from hazards in their communities. Task 2 describes how to form a planning team to guide the planning process.