NIST logo

Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems


Active participation in the Community Resilience Panel offers a unique opportunity to strengthen the resilience of buildings and infrastructure systems by recommending improvements to standards, guidelines, best practices and other tools.

The Panel will develop products, such as guidance, best practices, project plans, case studies, and recommendations to address specific resilience topics or gaps in current codes and standards. The Panel will also develop and maintain a Resilience Knowledge Base (RKB) of informative reference materials and products for communities.


Panel's Mission
The Panel is a forum to achieve broad stakeholder collaboration and consensus around goals and actions needed to achieve community resilience and to derive benefits from that improved resilience. The Panel will carry out its mission by:

  • Engaging and connecting community and cross-sector stakeholders by creating a process to encourage and support community resilience that focuses on buildings and infrastructure.
  • Identifying policy and standards-related gaps and impediments to community resilience.
  • Raising awareness of sector dependencies and cascading effects of disasters.
  • Identifying or develop consistent definitions and metrics relating to resilience for use across sectors.
  • Contributing to current and future resilience guidance documents (including the NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems and Implementation Guidelines).
  • Reducing barriers to achieving community resilience.
  • Developing and maintaining a Resilience Knowledge Base (RKB).

How the Panel Will Work and How to Join
Panel members will participate in an open, transparent process. All meetings will be open to anyone, and all progress will be reported online. If you wish to join the Panel, a preliminary membership form is at:

The first Panel meeting was held November 9th, 2015. A summary of the meeting appears here. 

NIST and four other federal departments and agencies are cosponsoring the Panel: the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Economic Resilience, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and two organizations in the Department of Homeland Security: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of Infrastructure Protection.


Panel Stakeholder Categories

  • Building Construction and Safety
  • Business and Industry
  • Communications Systems
  • Community Planning
  • Community Social Institutions
  • Education and Research
  • Energy Systems
  • Facility Operations and Maintenance
  • Federal, Tribal, Regional, State and Local Governments
  • Insurance/Re-Insurance
  • Public Health & Healthcare
  • Relief Services
  • Standards Development Organizations
  • Transportation Systems
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Water/Wastewater Systems

The Panel will be guided by a Coordinating Committee that approvePanel02s and prioritizes work and arranges for the resources necessary to carry out its planned activities. It is envisioned that the Panel Coordinating Committee will include at least one member from each Stakeholder Category, chairs of permanent committees, several members at large, and several ex officio members representing key government agencies and others.

The Coordinating Committee's responsibilities include facilitating dialogue with standards developing organizations to ensure that proposed plans can be implemented. Standing Committees will represent sectors and systems relevant to community resilience. They will be responsible for compiling and maintaining a web-based Resilience Knowledge Base listing important reference materials for implementing community resilience plans, including the results of the Panel's own work. Working Groups will address specific issues within or across topic areas.


Panel Standing Committees*

  • Buildings and Facilities
  • Communications
  • Data, Metrics and Tools
  • Energy
  • Nominations
  • Social and Economic
  • Transportation
  • Water and Wastewater




The Panel structure will be contingent upon the concurrence of the Panel members and may change.

Panel membership applications are accepted on a continuous basis. More information about the Panel, its Charter and Bylaws see:

*The Panel may form additional standing committees and working groups.

Community Resilience Website

For up to date information about the Community Resilience Panel's activities visit their website at

Panel Meeting Webcast
For those unable to attend the November 9th meeting a recording of the event can be viewed through the following link:

Community Resilience Panel Webcast

Additionally, the first panel meeting agenda and summary are provided below:

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Summary



Bookmark and Share