The goal of the Montana Ready Communities Initiative (MRCI) is to create a state composed of resilient communities—with healthy people, dynamic economies, strong systems, and abundant natural resources—that overcome natural disasters and adverse events in a way that supports and ultimately betters Montana’s economy, environment, and quality of life.
The State of Montana creates, reviews, and updates a comprehensive Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and Statewide Hazard Assessment along with a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). MRCI will not duplicate these response and recovery efforts, instead, it will plan for long-term resilience to natural disasters and strengthen the capacity of individuals, communities, and the state to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of adverse events. Ultimately, MRCI will lessen the probability of devastating effects from natural disasters while integrating resiliency into the fabric of everyday life at the local, regional, and state level.
MRCI focuses on shocks and stresses resulting from natural disasters, however, resilience is a concept that applies to economic, social, and other shocks and stresses as well. Therefore, done well, this strategy of preparing proactively, holistically, and collaboratively for natural disasters will also help to prepare for other types of disruption. In addition, this type of approach will be scalable to produce measurable results at the local and regional level.