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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