Preparing Erie for Extreme Weather

What to do and Where to Start


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CRANE recently joined forces with the Erie County Hazard Mitigation planning team to help incorporate weather-based hazard information into the planning process for the current 5-year update. As weather-based hazards change annually, it is essential to maintain up-to-date mitigation measures. Hazard mitigation plans can help communities become sustainable and disaster-resistant. Through this process, CRANE will work with municipalities to complete Erie’s community resilience index (CRI). This tool is part of a vulnerability assessment that will gauge how prepared various community sectors such as transportation systems, critical infrastructure, businesses, social facilities, and others are to severe weather hazards. Areas that receive lower scores will be prioritized for developing action strategies that individuals, communities, and cities can implement to better prepare for future extreme weather events. For more information on this process or to get involved, contact


Making an Impact In Erie County

This project was made possible through a grant from the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments program (GLISA) as well as support through NOAA and Erie Insurance.

The goal is to move local communities through the “Steps to Resilience” Framework, to help Erie better recover from severe weather and more frequently occurring extreme weather. This process will identify and prioritize Erie’s greatest risks and vulnerabilities, and develop action strategies needed to become more resilient and better prepared.

Watch the video and click on the icons below to learn more about each of the steps in this process.

This video from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides an overview of each of the steps in the Steps to Resilience framework.

Explore Hazards

Learn more about about weather events impacting the region and how communities are coping.

Assess Vulnerabilities and Risks

A vulnerability assessment process will ask specific questions that aim to gauge level of preparedness in sectors such as critical infrastructure, social systems, transportation, and more.


Investigate Options

CRANE will work with community members and stakeholders to identify action strategies that enhance  preparedness and resiliency.

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Share your Erie Weather Stories

Local knowledge comes from the experiences, perceptions, and concerns, of community members. This information helps us to better understand priority needs and barriers, identify gaps in knowledge, and create tools and resources to address those needs. CRANE created the “Preparing for Extreme Weather in Erie, Pennsylvania” Survey to provide an opportunity for  stakeholders to share their stories and create an understanding of the communities’ greatest challenges.