Assessing capabilities is important to formulate a viable mitigation strategy later in the planning process. A capability assessment has two components:
- An inventory of a jurisdiction’s existing planning and regulatory tools and an analysis of its capacity to use them effectively.
- Identification of existing gaps, conflicts and/or weaknesses that may need to be addressed through future mitigation planning goals, objectives, and actions. It also highlights the measures in place or already undertaken that merit continued support and enhancement through future mitigation efforts.
The capability assessment also helps to ensure that proposed mitigation actions are practical considering the local ability to implement them. This section should also highlight and describe any successful mitigation projects. The capability assessment also identifies participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and discusses opportunities for integration with existing planning mechanisms.
The 2018 Capability Assessment Chapter can be viewed below or by clicking here.
Capability Assessment Resources