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Community Resilience Planning Guide

The Community Resilience Planning Guide (Guide)* for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems 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 Guide will provide the basis for convening a Community Resilience Panel (CRP) representing the broad spectrum of the stakeholder community to further develop and refine the Guide.

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The Guide will aim to:

  • Define community-based 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
  • Identify gaps in current standards, codes, and tools that if successfully addressed, can lead to enhanced resilience

The Guide 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 Guide 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.

Draft Guide for Public Comment:

The format of the complete draft Guide for public comment has changed from the 75% draft. Revisions were made in response to stakeholder comments. Additionally, there are now 2 volumes: Volume I describes the methodology and has an appendix that illustrates the planning process for a fictional town, Riverbend, USA; Volume II has informational chapters from the 75% draft as a reference for Volume I. The complete draft of the Guide is posted below: 

A public comment period on the Guide will begin April 27th and end June 26th. Specific and general comments about the Guide may be provided by using the public comment form and submitted by email to Comments must be received by 11:59 PM EDT June 26th in order to be considered. Comments containing references, studies, research and other empirical data that is not widely published should include copies of the referenced materials. All comments will be made publicly available; personal, proprietary, or confidential information should not be included.   

NIST is also 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 Community Resilience Panel (CRP) will review the compendium and identify gaps related to the implementation of the Community Resilience Planning Guide. 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

*The title has been renamed from "Community Disaster Resilience Framework" to better align this document with the National Preparedness Goal and to avoid confusion with the National Planning Frameworks.








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Additional Information

Planning Guide Informational Briefing

The document below provides an overview of the Draft Community Resilience Planning Guide and a brief walkthrough of the six (6) steps for community resilience the Guide presents. 

Planning Guide Informational Briefing

Recorded Webcast

For those who were unable to attend the April 27th release of the Draft Community Resilience Planning Guide, the video webcast of this event is available through the link below:

Commerce Blog

Coinciding with the release of the Draft Community Resilience Planning Guide Dr. Willie E. May, Director of NIST, has posted an update on the blog discussing the importance of the community resilience, providing background on the Community Resilience Planning Guide, and inviting the public to comment on the draft. The blog post can be found through the link below:


General Information: 
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Stephen Cauffman
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Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8611