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Resilient Communities:
Disaster-Proofing Society

In an ideal world…critical infrastructure will be designed, built, and maintained to withstand naturally occurring and man-made disasters. Decision makers will know when a disaster is coming, anticipate the effects, and use already-in-place or rapidly deployed countermeasures to shield communities from negative consequences. Resilient communities struck by disasters will not only bounce back, but bounce forward. How can we work together to accomplish the ideal state?


The Resilient Communities dialogue is one way to foster development and delivery of innovative, risk-informed solutions that enhance the nation’s resilience to all hazards through active collaboration with partners and stakeholders. It also serves as a forum to address cross-cutting resilience issues that have arisen through interaction in other dialogues within the National Conversation—issues related to the performance and safety of first responders, capabilities needed by community leadership in order to make informed decisions, protection of our critical infrastructure, and the many interdependencies therein.


Effectively building resilient communities requires thoughtful examination by a broad array of stakeholders.


1. What are some of the most crucial characteristics of a resilient community?


2. How is community resilience different from emergency management and disaster response?


3. How should community resilience be measured; what metrics should be used?


4. What does it take for a community to build its resilience collaboratively, e.g., partnerships, shared resources, etc., and how can return on investment be optimized?


5. How can we best incentivize all communities to build resilience, despite variation in size, governmental structure, and other demographic/environmental factors?


Share your ideas in response to these questions or pose your own questions for feedback. Share best practices or examples of how your own community approaches resiliency.


Please visit S&T’s Resilient Systems Division (RSD) to learn more about how the agency is playing an active role in engaging the community to think about and derive solutions to resilience challenges. Watch RSD's video.


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Vulnerability Assessment and Continuity Plan Tools

What tools and resources have you found helpful for vulnerability assessments and continuity plans?

Submitted by (@angievanberkel)

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Threats to Critical Infrastructure

What do you consider to be today's most pervasive threat to our Nation's critical infrastructure? Why and what are your suggestions on how to address the issue?

Submitted by (@angievanberkel)

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Critical Infrastructure Improvements

Which critical infrastructure sector is in the most dire need of improvement? Why and what are your suggestions on how to address the issue?

Submitted by (@angievanberkel)

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Eagle System (Mobile Robotic perimeter guard)

Border protection; Rather than building walls we install small towers with two cables on either side. Put an Eagle on one side to travel back and forth. The second side is to turn around. Eagle can run on a single cable, has no batteries and can make turns. It can travel any distance over any type of terrain, just like the way our transmission lines move across our country. Eagle has a security system on top to ...more »

Submitted by (@rgibson)

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Let's start by defining "resilience" (and clinging to reality)

The "ideal world" intro may be idealized, but it doesn't mesh with reality. Sure - it'd be great to know when something was about to happen, with enough lead time to act on it, but we haven't budgeted for omniscience. "Resilience" has been tossed about so much that it's become little more than a buzzword, accompanied by terms like "bounce forward," or simply equated with mitigation, preparedness, and recovery. NIST, ...more »

Submitted by (@jeffrubin)

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Cascade failure challenges in cyber physical systems

Because cyber physical systems threats are diverse across vast enterprises, how can large cascade failures in cyber physical systems be stopped with fallback, recovery, and alternative service (graceful degradation)?

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Resilient communities can be particularly challenging for emergency managers...

What are some of the most critical tools (technological and operational) that emergency managers need to make their jobs more routine and risk-informed?

Submitted by (@angievanberkel)

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What is the biggest challenge with building resilient electric grids and how can we best address it?

Technology, new capabilities, impact, and status all play a role in building resilient electric grids. What are challenges facing each?

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Getting a local weather model in 10-15 minutes

A global weather model takes a supercomputer to figure out where weather hits. But now that computing technology has increased to the point that we can do things that a supercomputer can do on a desktop computer we could rent a supercomputer from an existing facility or some other hosting provider and then using multiple or one data collection point we could have a weather model printed out.

Submitted by (@joshuaherman)

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TractorFax - Advanced EM Collaboration Technology

Profoundly, DHS appointed Subject Matter Expert core-team realize FEMA Industry has Resource Management aspects completely backwards... The sad truth is, as DHS/FEMA has evolved, so had Incident Command Systems; however Industry practitioners (local, state, and regional level) and decision makers alike have learned, live, breathe, and train Resource Management aspects backwards.... DHS/FEMA/NIMS STEP evaluated TractorFax ...more »

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Make local emergency plans public

The only way we can get funds to improve current very inadequate critical infrastructures is to allow the public to understand how bad the current infrastructure shortcomings in being able to respond adequately to the most likely threats in any area. Only by making plans pubic will the pubic pressure evolve to improve the situation and spending money on improving our infrastructures.

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NSGIC Geospatial Resiliency Task Force Formed

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) formed a “Geospatial Resiliency Task Force” in fall of 2014 to help discover, document and inform our members and our communities in the role that geospatial data and technology can play in this important undertaking. Resiliency is often measured at the community level. From a geographic perspective the impacted community may be local, regional, statewide, national, ...more »

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