A key component to the preservation of our coastal heritage is to protect our coastal communities - both human and ecological - from a range of natural hazards. Resilience refers to the coordinated actions needed to bounce back from both natural and man-made disasters. Resilience integrates coastal management, emergency response, and community development. It incorporates land use planning, hazard mitigation, resource protection, community cohesiveness, and cultural preservation.

On both sides of Mobile Bay, mitigation planning is happening to establish both short- and long-term recovery plans focused on bringing back normalcy after a major environmental impact. One tool to assist local governments in determining how “resilient” they are is the Coastal Community Resilience Index, a tool available to communities to determine their level of preparedness for storms and storm recovery.