Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
The Pennsylvania Hazard Mitigation State Planning Team, composed of government agency leaders and other key stakeholders, are working to prepare an update to the existing hazard mitigation plan to guide the Commonwealth towards greater disaster resilience while also respecting the character and needs of local communities. Connect the Dots has been provided strategic advisory services to enable engagement with stakeholders from all levels of government and numerous agencies. This work included developing outreach tools, guides, templates, newsletters, providing strategic guidance for engagement opportunities to ensure inclusive and targeted input, and transforming the final report into an accessible and engaging Executive Summary. Our work on stakeholder engagement tools has been identified and shared as regional best practice by FEMA.
The outreach and engagement strategy connected to the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is conducted throughout the planning process and is critical to the strength of the plan. Accordingly, our services have included the following:
Connect the Dots has worked to reimagine the outreach process for stakeholder engagement around hazard mitigation to be more accessible and inviting. This has led to increased participation levels.