People3 Montana Ready Communities


Regional Summits

The Montana Ready Communities Initiative will create a Resiliency Framework;informed and guided by public input and comment.To do this requires engagement from everyday Montanans and local community leaders.We invite you to participate in making your community more resilient by attending one of the 21 regional summits displayed on the map below.


These Summits will consist of 2-3 hours of guided discussion between community leaders and the public.Through this process, we hope to identify local resilience challenges and brainstorm potential paths to overcoming these challenges.

Please RVSP to any of the summits. 

  • Helena: June 27, 2018, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. | Lewis & Clark Library - 120 S Last Chance Gulch, Helena
  • Billings: July 10, 2018 from 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. | Billings Public Library - 510 North 28th St, Billings
  • Butte: July 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. │ Butte Public Library - 226 W Broadway St, Butte
  • Missoula: July 24, 2018, 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. │ Missoula Co. Courthouse - Annex 151 Public Meeting Rm, 200 W Broadway, Missoula 
  • Pablo: July 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. │ D’Arcy McNickle Library – Salish Kootenai College - 58138 Us Highway 93, Pablo
  • Kalispell: July 25, 2018, 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. │ Flathead County Library - 247 1st Ave E, Kalispell
  • Browning: July 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. │ Medicine Spring Library - Blackfeet Community College - 504 SE Boundary St, Browning
  • Great Falls: July 26, 2018, 4:00 p.m-6:30 p.m. │ Opportunities, Inc. – 905 1st Ave. North, Great Falls
  • Havre: August 13, 2018, 10:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. │Havre Hill Library - 402 3rd St, Havre
  • Fort Belknap: August 13, 2018, 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.│Aaniih Nakoda College - Little River Learning Lodge Building - 269 Blackfeet Ave, Harlem  
  • Glasgow: August 14, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. │Glasgow Public Library - 408 3rd Ave South, Glasgow 
  • Poplar: August 14, 2018, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. │ James E. Shanley Tribal Library - 604 Assiniboine Ave, Poplar
  • Glendive: August 15, 2018, 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. │ Glendive Public Library - 200 S Kendrick Ave, Glendive
  • Lewistown: August 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. │ Snowy Mountain Development Corporation – 613 NE Main St, Lewistown
  • Roundup: August 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. │ Ambulance Station - 704 1st St East, Roundup
  • Miles City: August 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. │ Miles Community College - 2715 Dickinson St, Miles City
  • Hardin: August 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. │ Big Horn County Library - 419 N Custer Ave, Hardin
  • Bozeman: August 29, 2018, 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. │ Bozeman Public Library - 626 E Main St, Bozeman

If you are unable to make it to any of the listed summits, we encourage you to participate in MRCI by taking our Statewide Resilience Survey.

Summit Locations

MRCI aims to create a framework that incorporates the experiences of all Montanans and therefore, the 21 summit locations were chosen to relfect the wide, cultural, geographical and climatic diversity of Montana. These locations can be divided into 3 categories: Population Centers, Tribal Communities and MID-URN Communities.

Population Centers

These 9 communities represent large population centers within the states seven climate divisions. (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City and Missoula).

Tribal Communities

MRCI recognizes the unique culture and political importance of tribal communities within our state.To respect the diverse viewpoints both between and within the state’s eight tribal nations, MRCI will be visiting each tribal headquarters individually to engage a variety of local stakeholders and assess each community’s varied needs.

MID-URN Communities

In 2015, the State of Montana participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a competitive grant process that awarded nearly $1 billion to states and communities for innovative projects that addressed natural disaster mitigation, response, and recovery.Through the NDRC grant process, the State identified eight sub-county areas that meet the Most Impacted and Distressed Criteria and have an eligible amount of Unmet Recovery Need (MID-URN) to focus on for funding.While Montana ultimately did not receive HUD funding, MRCI aims to build off the progress made during the NDRC process by directly engaging communities identified as MID-URN during this process, to help make these communities more resilient. (Crow Indian Reservation, Fort Belknap Reservation, Glasgow, Helena, Laurel, Fergus County and Roundup).

Climate Divisions


Climate Divisions

Montana’s geography, and in turn its climate, varies across the vast expanse of the state.To overcome the challenges involved in assessing long-term climate trends over such a large area, MRCI employs a classification system based on state-wide geographical climate divisions, seen above. The seven divisions are a subset of 344 national climate divisions developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).These divisions were chosen because they base their boundaries on a combination of political, climatic, agricultural and watershed systems and are used in creating the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment (MCA). Data from the MCA will be used to inform content and discussion within theResiliency Framework. More information on the Montana Climate Assessment can be found here.


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