I'm part of the small group that Michelle is referring to -- I worked for two years as a community engagement consultant in northern California for the Fire Learning Networks and introduced ABCD to that organization (a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies).
Ian: Thanks for posting that JAPA article. City and regional planners (the journal's audience) can be very helpful partners. Those who focus on neighborhood and district planning often have the fine-grained sense of the community and a comprehensive appreciation for social (economic and cultural) diversity that supports wide participation.
Michelle: Where are you located? I would love to know more about your experience of complacency. Perhaps we could compare that to my experiences in rural areas where agency representatives thought people were complacent about fire. It was the opposite, but there was no way for them to know that without personal, out-of-the-box interaction. (E.g., "the community" not showing up for presentations or meetings was not an accurate indication of their interest in mitigation.)
Thanks for your thoughts - I'd like to hear more and to contribute to imagining what "community-led disaster preparation looks like".
Thanks for your contribution. I agree with your out-of-the-box interaction. Michelle Johnston lives about 45 minutes from me so plenty of opportunity to have a conversation.