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Developing a Community-Centered Approach to Disaster Resilience

Purpose:

infrastructureNatural and man-made disasters cause an estimated $57B in average annual costs, with large single events resulting in losses of $100B or more. The current approach of response and recovery from disasters is impractical and inefficient. A community-centric, resilience-based approach to the design, construction, and maintenance to achieve timely restoration of services in buildings and infrastructure lifelines can break the cycle of destruction and slow recovery, allowing communities to resist, respond to, and recover from hazard events more rapidly and at a lower cost. 

Buildings, facilities, and lifelines play a key role in the life of a community by providing for the protection of life, industry, business, government, housing, and vital services. Recent events, such as the World Trade Center disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and most recently Superstorm Sandy, have highlighted the interconnected nature of buildings and infrastructure systems and their vulnerabilities. The needs of the citizens and institutions that comprise a community drive the functional requirements for buildings and infrastructure systems. Current practice does not adequately consider the functionality or interconnectedness of buildings and infrastructure systems and the role they play in restoring the fabric of the community following a hazard event. 

To address this problem, the President’s Climate Action Plan directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to “. . . convene a panel on disaster-resilience standards to develop a comprehensive, community-based resilience framework and provide guidelines for consistently safe buildings and infrastructure—products that can inform the development of private-sector standards and codes.” 

To accomplish this, NIST will convene a series of workshops engaging the broad network of stakeholders to focus on the role that buildings and infrastructure lifelines play in ensuring community resilience. The first of these workshops will be held April 7, 2014 at the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus. 

Through the workshops, NIST will develop a Disaster Resilience Framework to establish the overall performance goals; assess existing standards, codes, and practices; and identify gaps that must be addressed in order to bolster community resilience.

NIST plans to release the Disaster Resilience Framework for public comment in April 2015. This document will serve as the starting point to establish a Disaster Resilience Standards Panel (DRSP). The DRSP will be a self-governing body, supported by NIST, that will meet regularly to develop Model Resilience Guidelines for critical buildings and infrastructure lifelines essential to community resilience. The DRSP also will expand on the Disaster Resilience Framework for achieving community resilience, considering the technical interdependence of the community’s physical and human assets, operations, and policies/regulations.

Six workshops will be held with the indicated emphasis as follows:

Gaithersburg, MD
Resilience Needs
April 2014

New York City 
Hurricane 
July 2014

Oklahoma City 
Tornado 
October 2014

Western U.S. 
Wildfire 
January 2015

Southeast U.S./
Gulf Coast 
Hurricane 
April 2015

West Coast
Earthquake and Tsunami 
July 2015

Security Instructions:

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE:

All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well.

Details:

Start Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
End Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Format: Workshop

Registration:

Online registration will close at 5:00 pm ET on March 31, 2014.

Registration fee: $55. All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus.

There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST.

Agenda:

View Tentative Agenda for April 7, 2014

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vicente, 301-975-3883

Accommodations:

Please visit the NIST Visitor Information page

Technical Contact:

Stephen Cauffman
Engineering Laboratory
100 Bureau Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8611

301 975 6051

stephen.cauffman@nist.gov