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Resiliency & Vulnerability Assessment

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO Resiliency & Vulnerability Assessment is a regionally-focused vulnerability and mitigation analysis that identifies vulnerable transportation infrastructure and cost-effective strategies to increase the transportation system’s resilience to storm surge, nuisance flooding, and wildfires.

In 2018, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) conducted an All-Hazards Recovery Workshop, leading to the creation of the Security Assessment Report. This report emphasized the importance of the MPO carefully considering and planning for potential challenges concerning regional assets and infrastructure as part of the long-term transportation plan.

In anticipation of the 2050 plan, the MPO launched a two-phase study that combines thorough planning with resilience. Phase I, completed in February 2023, thoroughly examined potential vulnerabilities in the region, identified critical transportation sites that need attention, and provided practical solutions. Phase II will further improve this list, and ensure the plan is both resilient and adaptable to various scenarios.

Phase II Overview

Starting in the fall of 2023, Phase II of the Resiliency/Vulnerability Assessment will build on the achievements of Phase I. It aims to enhance the list of top-priority projects, create specific plans to reduce or prevent damage to critical infrastructure and incorporate resilience into various aspects of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), including the Cost Feasible Plan.

Furthermore, this study places a strong emphasis on close collaboration with regional resilience efforts led by FDOT District One, neighboring MPOs, the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance (SCTPA), and regional planning councils. This partnership ensures that the assessment's findings and recommendations align with broader regional resilience initiatives.

The study included a survey that allowed local jurisdictions to share their experience and knowledge of hazard impacts on transportation infrastructure, desired projects, and existing/future work related to resilience. This survey also provided the MPO with valuable insight related to lessons learned by local jurisdictions during and after Hurricane Ian.