FEMA invites you to celebrate National Community Planning Month during the month of October as an opportunity to highlight the contributions sound planning and plan implementation make to the resilience of our communities.
The celebration of National Community Planning Month gives us the opportunity to recognize our state, local, federal and tribal partners who have contributed their time and expertise to improving the sustainability and resilience of their communities through planning activities. Community planning helps manage change in a way that provides better choices for how people work and live. Community planning provides an opportunity for all residents to be meaningfully involved in making choices that determine the future and preparedness of their community. The full benefits of planning require the whole community to understand, support, and demand excellence in planning and plan implementation.
FEMA’s mission is "to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards." Planning is a critical function of what we do and how we assist communities. Every FEMA mission area – Preparedness, Recovery, Response and Mitigation - conducts planning aimed at accomplishing this Agency mission.
The month of October is designated as National Community Planning Month throughout the United States of America and its territories. For more information on how your organization can promote planning and National Community Planning Month, please visit the American Planning Association Website at Planning.org or APA’s Hazards Planning Research Center at Planning.org/nationalcenters.
Links & Resources
- American Planning Association Hazards Planning Research Center and Recovery Blog
- FEMA’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Program
- FEMA’s Long-Term Community Recovery Planning
- FEMA’s Preparedness and Response Planning