Resilient Jacksonville

Riverview of downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s vision for resilience looks towards the future and embraces change. Even as the city faces new, increasing, and uncertain risks, we believe Jacksonville’s best days are ahead. Jacksonville will draw from its essential characteristics as a welcoming city, a water city, and a growing and spacious city to build a resilient future for generations to come.  

CITY RESILIENCE is the ability of city systems to adapt and thrive in the face of acute shocks (sudden, extreme events that threaten a community) and chronic stresses (long-term pressures that weaken the fabric of a community over time). Often, the impact of an acute shock, like a hurricane, is made worse by chronic stresses, like aging infrastructure or poverty. A resilience approach plans holistically for a safe and thriving future for the city’s people, economy, and physical environment.

Jacksonville is developing a comprehensive city resilience strategy to guide policies, projects, and programs that will help Jacksonville prepare for, adapt to, and quickly rebound from acute shocks and chronic stresses the city may face. This strategy will be developed in consultation with city departments, relevant independent authorities, city council, the business community, stakeholder groups, and Jacksonville residents.

Click here to read the draft outline of the Resilience Strategy. 

Jacksonville is a rapidly growing city. Its vast land area and diverse industries, along with mainstays like the city’s military bases and port, have made Jacksonville a dynamic place for businesses and residents to prosper. Jacksonville has also encountered its share of challenges in its 200-year history, and will face new and increasing challenges in the future; particularly those brought on by climate change. These impacts will further alter how residents experience daily life. 

Jacksonville is a city that is constantly evolving and poised to adapt again to meet future challenges. Jacksonville’s resilience strategy takes a comprehensive approach to preparing for and adapting to the shocks and stresses the city may face, including:  

Acute Shocks graphic

Extreme Rainfall Events 

Extreme Heat Events 

Hurricanes / Tropical Cyclones 

Winter Storms / Extreme Cold Events 

Infrastructure Failure or Disruption 

Energy Insecurity / Blackouts 

High Winds 


Infectious Diseases  

Cyber Attack 

Hazardous Materials Incidents

Chronic Stresses Image

Sea Level Rise  

High Tide Flooding  

Heavy Rainfall  

Coastal Erosion 

Saltwater Intrusion 

Groundwater Threats 

Urban Heat Island Effect 


Aging Infrastructure 

Economic Downturns


Social Inequality 

Lack of Reliable Transportation 

Lack of Safe and Affordable Housing 

Food Insecurity & Supply Chain Disruptions 

Lack of Healthcare Access 

Chronic and Infectious Diseases