Continuing Public Outreach Strategy over Time

The outreach strategy should address both the planning process and how to keep people engaged after the plan’s adoption. Outreach should continue after the plan is adopted to communicate with the community about hazards and risks, builds support for implementation of mitigation activities, and informs the outreach strategy for the next plan update process. Ongoing public outreach is discussed further in Task 7.

Element A5

The plan maintenance process shall include a discussion on how the community will continue public participation in the plan maintenance process.

44 CFR §201.6(c)(4)(iii)

The plan must describe how the jurisdictions will continue public participation during the plan’s implementation and maintenance.

The outreach activities conducted during the planning process are a good source of ideas for how to continue to involve stakeholders and the public during plan maintenance and implementation. Consider repeating successful outreach events annually. Other examples of activities for continued public participation include periodic presentations on the plan’s progress to elected officials, schools, or other community groups; annual questionnaires or surveys; postings on social media and email lists; and interactive websites. You may help build capabilities throughout the planning area by assigning the responsibility for coordinating these activities to a staff member in each jurisdiction.