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Disaster Resilience Framework Document

The Disaster Resilience Framework will identify typical performance goals; existing standards, codes, and practices to enhance resilience; and gaps that must be addressed to enhance community resilience. The first version of the Framework will provide the basis for convening a Disaster Resilience Standards Panel (DRSP) representing the broad spectrum of the stakeholder community to further develop and refine the Framework.

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Framework Goals:

The Disaster Resilience Framework will aim to:

  • Define community-based disaster resilience for the built environment
  • Identify consistent performance goals and metrics for buildings and infrastructure and lifeline systems to enhance community resilience,
  • Identify existing standards, codes, guidelines, and tools that can be implemented to enhance resilience, and 
  • Identify gaps in current standards, codes, and tools that if successfully addressed, can lead to enhanced resilience.

The Framework will consider: (1) societal needs; (2) performance goals for buildings and infrastructure lifelines, including their return to functionality; (3) emergency communication systems and plans; and (4) economic factors. The Disaster Resilience Framework will provide a starting point for stakeholders to advance from current practice to resilience-based approaches that can be adapted by communities of varying size and complexity.

Current Framework document:

The 50% working draft represents the input received to date. We encourage your input and comments on the draft document and on the initial set of performance goals/matrices. 

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