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Community resilience


Community resilience is the ability to prepare for anticipated hazards, adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions. Activities, such as disaster preparedness—which includes prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery—are key steps to resilience. 

NIST manages a multi-faceted program, assisting communities and stakeholders on issues related to buildings and the interdependencies of physical infrastructure systems. The Community Resilience Program, part of NIST's broader disaster resilience work, complements efforts by others in the public and private sectors. NIST focuses on research, community planning and guidance and stakeholder engagement.


We have two new success stories that describe the utility of the EDGe$ community resilience benefit-cost analysis tool: the Jackson County Utility Authority (JCUA) in Mississippi and Biloxi Bay, Mississippi. The JCUA wanted to understand the benefits of building a berm to protect a new water reclamation facility and Biloxi Bay conducted a comparative economic analysis that evaluated the costs and benefits of living shoreline relative to bulkheads for small-scale projects. Read the details here:

Jackson County Utility Authority

Biloxi Bay


Registration is now open for a webinar being offered for those interested in receiving assistance to strengthen and improve the disaster resilience elements of their community’s Comprehensive Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, or other long-range plans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is offering contractor assistance and guidance to three communities to develop or improve long-range plans for improving the resilience of their affordable housing stock to natural hazards. A one-hour webinar will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT to provide an overview of the project and introduce guidance and tools developed by the NIST and other associated tools that communities will have the opportunity to use. If you are interested in attending the webinar, please register by following this link. If you have any questions about this webinar or project, please send an email to community.resilience [at]



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Community resilience has emerged as a way to reduce the direct and indirect costs due to natural, technological, and human-caused hazard events. There continues

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