Community Resilience

Overview of Objective

A resilient community is one that is prepared and ready to withstand social and environmental challenges, and can recover equitably from disasters and disruptions. As climate change impacts become more frequent and significant, the City must ensure that the community is resilient in terms of basic survival needs like shelter, food, water, and medical care, but is also prepared for long-term impacts to infrastructure and natural systems that support public health and provide important services to the local economy and the well-being of its residents. In turn, these improvements will enhance community disaster preparedness and make Richmond less susceptible to a changing climate. 

Richmond Community Survey

In January 2007, the City of Richmond enrolled in the National Research Center’s (NRC) National Citizen Survey (NCS) program in order to conduct a resident survey to help the City Council set spending priorities and to set a benchmark of city service delivery. Every two years, the City of Richmond has conducted the community survey to help city officials evaluate services, measure resident satisfaction/use of current services, benchmark ratings for services provided by the City, and help plan for Richmond’s future. 

How Resilient are Richmond Residents?

83% exercise

95% conserve water

85% visit neighbors

48% are in good physical health
16% are in good economic health
54% prepared for an emergency