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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 75% working draft represents the input received to date. We encourage your input and comments on the 75% draft document by March 9, 2015 to be considered for the final draft for public comment. 

NIST is taking the first steps toward developing a catalog of codes, standards and guidance. Standards Developing Organizations, professional organizations, independent scientific working groups and government entities have developed many documents for use by stakeholders concerned with the resilience of the built environment and infrastructure systems. To build upon this work, the NIST Community Resilience Program has compiled a compendium of existing resources. The compendium is being made available for download as a searchable PDF file. It contains the titles and source information for over 1000 codes, standards and guidance documents.


This compendium is intended to serve as a resource for resilience stakeholders and communities. The current version is the result of a number of inquiries, data searches, and scans of known standards developing organizations and other professional organizations, scientific groups and government entities. However, it is by no means complete.


Upon its formation, the Disaster Resilience Standards Panel (DRSP) will review the compendium and identify gaps related to the implementation of the Disaster Resilience Framework. You may download the draft compendium of resilience codes, standards and guidance (link opens an Excel file). If you have any edits or requests to add additional documents to the compendium, please contact Nancy McNabb at









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