Task 2: Involve Local Leadership

To engage strong leadership throughout the planning process, involve all the staff and officials that are elected locally. Locally elected representatives will show an interest in improving safety and disaster resiliency. Their leadership will ensure the visibility of the planning process and encourage the involvement of stakeholders.

The responsibility of a local champion or strong advocate is equally important for the planning process. They can help lead the hazard mitigation planning effort by gathering support and ensure the participation of local community leaders and representatives. If there is no locally elected leader, the planning team may choose a leader or head to administer and help run the planning process. The appointed head doesn’t need to be an expert in hazard mitigation or a skilled planner, but should be able to communicate the importance and purpose of the mitigation plan. The appointed head should assemble the planning team, and ensure the smooth and timely completion of the tasks required for the mitigation planning.