Resilience & Hazard Mitigation

This resource page is dedicated to providing information, how-to guides, and best practices for how Colorado's communities can become more resilient by reducing risks to hazards and preparing for and recovering from natural disasters.


Hazard Planning Tool

The Department of Local Affairs developed the Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado guide and website with a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Planning Grant. It is intended to enable Colorado communities to prepare for and mitigate multiple hazards by integrating resilience and hazard mitigation into plans, codes, and standards related to land use and the built environment. The guide provides detailed, Colorado-specific information about how to assess a community’s risk level to hazards as well as specific land use planning tools and strategies for reducing a community’s risk. Review the Executive Summary or explore the guide and website at


Resilience and Hazard Mitigation Resources

Local Government Planning Example

The City of Manitou Springs has been featured as a part of FEMA’s National Recognition Program for their proactive approach towards hazard mitigation, resiliency, and preparedness. FEMA identified thirteen success stories that illustrate community mitigation planning efforts that exceed FEMA’s minimum requirements and support integrated planning that results in fewer losses during disasters. The Manitou Springs case study highlights Plan Manitou, the city’s integrated Community Master Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was completed with DOLA funding.