Steps to Building Back Safer and Smarter

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association recommends a nine-step process to make a damaged community better prepared for the next disaster. This website provides more background information on theses steps.

Note: These steps follow a logical order, but not necessarily a chronological order. Do not wait for each step to be completed before you go to the next one. Many can be done concurrently. It is recommended that you become familiar with what needs to be done for each step, assign people to implement them, and coordinate progress.

Click here for a copy of the basic nine step paper

Step 1. Know the rules
Step 2. Adopt higher redevelopment standards
Step 3. Commit to mitigate
Step 4. Triage the damaged areas
Step 5. Identify target areas
Step 6. Involved those affected in planning
Step 7. Keep everybody informed
Step 8. Ensure full repairs and reconstruction
Step 9. Mitigate to the extent possible

The City of Conway, South Carolina, followed an earlier version of these steps after being flooded by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The following pages include links to the materials prepared by Conway’s staff.