Community Resilience

The Montana Ready Communities Initiative (MRCI) is a project led by the Montana Department of Commerce to increase statewide resilience. 

What is resilience?
Resilience measures a community's ability to withstand local shocks and stressors. 

A shock refers to a short-term, high impact event that disrupts normal functions in a community.  An example of a shock could be a flood, wildfire, or large business closure. 

A stressor refers to an ongoing problem in a community.  Examples of stressors include poverty, poor education, and aging infrastructure.  

The goal of MRCI is to work with all Montanans to identify actions that will make their communities more resilient.  Your response to this survey will let us know what problems you are facing locally, and who is working to help you with these problems.

Submit survey responses by June 30, 2018.  If you would like to complete the survey using an alternative format, such as large print, Braille, audio tape, please call 406-841-2770, TDD 406-841-2702 or the Relay Services number, 711.  Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your input!

* 1. Identifying Stressors:
In your opinion, which stressors have the largest impact in your community?  Select the top 3.

* 2. Please expand on any specific issues you have experienced or seen related to the stressors identified above.

* 3. Identifying Shocks:
In your opinion, which shocks have the potential to have the largest impact in your community? Select the top 3.

* 4. Please expand on any specific issues you have experienced or seen related to the shocks identified above.

* 5. Local Support:
Considering the previous questions, if you have experienced these challenges in your life, which community groups/institutions did you turn to for help? (Select all that apply)

* 6. Community Leadership:
Which groups demonstrate strong leadership in your community?

* 7. Briefly describe any successful resilience projects or efforts your community has implemented or is planning to implement.

* 8. In what ZIP code is your home located? (enter 5-digit ZIP code)

* 9. Please select your age group:

* 10. Which race/ethnicity best describes you? (Optional)

* 11. Which of the following categories best describes your role in your community?

* 12. (Optional)
Montana Ready Communities Initiative (MRCI) will be hosting multiple regional resilience summits in the coming months.  If you are interested in participating in a summit, provide your name and contact information below. 

More information on these summits:

If you prefer to provide your contact information over email you can reach us HERE