The Buchanan County Flood Resilience Plan was established as a result of a Virginia-wide initiative to provide support for regions and localities to reduce the impacts of flooding, including flooding driven by extreme weather. Throughout this website there are various sections of the Buchanan Plan that aim to serve as a resilience plan for Buchanan County, specifically regarding flood resilience and flood risk reduction.
Typically, communities that participate in resilience planning are described as having the potential to produce long-term and recurring benefits by breaking the repetitive cycle of disaster loss. A core assumption of resilience planning is that the investments made before a hazard event will significantly reduce the demand for post-disaster assistance by lessening the need for emergency response, repair, recovery, and reconstruction. Furthermore, resilience practices will enable residents, businesses, and industries to re-establish themselves in the wake of a disaster.