Community continuity is an effort by leaders to make decisions now which will affect the lives and investments of everyone in the community for decades.

Smart community leaders look to the future to insure the long-term safety and sustainability of their entire communities. Factors they consider are: economic viability and diversity, job creation and growth, education for residents, crime, traffic, environment and so on. They also consider their community's risk from natural and manmade events which could negatively impact their residents.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works with communities to help them analyze risks and prioritize their mitigation activities. From grant programs to flood hazard mapping to building code guidance, the agency helps communities with hazard preparedness.

See Protecting Our Communities.