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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.

Boosting Community Resilience with Actionable Planning Guidance

Christopher Clavin was interviewed by Tom Temin on Federal News Radio to share how the NIST Community Resilience Planning Playbook can help communities plan for resilience and how resilience can be enhanced through codes and standards.       >>Listen to the interview here


Dr. Jennifer Helgeson sat down with Federal News Radio to discuss how the EDGe$ tool can be used to help communities prioritize decisions on hazard mitigation.      >>Listen to the interview here


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Natural Disaster Preparations May Aid Businesses’ Pandemic Response

The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 have battered small and medium-sized enterprises, putting millions of jobs in the U.S. at risk. And a year rife with natural disasters has not done many struggling businesses any favors. To learn about the strategies and experiences of businesses managing this double threat, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in
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Draft California Fire Code Includes NIST Tool to Evaluate Wildfire Hazard

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The Joplin Tornado: A Calamity and a Boon to Resilience, 10 Years On

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New Timeline of Deadliest California Wildfire Could Guide Lifesaving Research and Action

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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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