The post-disaster redevelopment planning process helps a community plan for the long-term disaster recovery period under "blue skies" to ensure that they are able to recover faster and more efficiently, maintain local control over recovery and take advantage of opportunities to build back better. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, manages the statewide Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning Initiative to create guidance for development of such plans.
The department, in coordination with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, works with planning and emergency management officials to understand how Florida's communities are implementing hazard mitigation principles, and whether these principles in each Local Mitigation Strategy, Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan have been incorporated into the comprehensive plan.
The department's Waterfronts Florida Program offers to help coastal communities in Florida revitalize their working waterfronts by providing resources for planning to address four priority areas: economic development, natural and cultural resource protection, public access and hazard mitigation. In addition, the program designates select communities to receive targeted technical assistance.
Communities that are required to prepare a coastal management element in their local comprehensive plan must address the Coastal High-Hazard Area. The Coastal High-Hazard Area is an area particularly vulnerable to the affects of coastal flooding from disasters and is defined as the area below the elevation of Category 1 Hurricane Storm Surge Line.
"Adaptation action area" or "adaptation area" is an optional comprehensive plan designation for areas that experience coastal flooding and that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning.