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Community resilience

Overview

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.

HOW CAN STATES GET THE MOST BANG FOR THEIR DISASTER BUCK?

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

News

A man faces away from the camera, taking a photo of a damaged storefront.

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
Wildfire burns forest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Insights Into Behavior During Chimney Tops 2 Fire Could Improve Evacuation Planning

A flooded section of highway.

NIST Releases Online Economic Decision Tool to Help Communities Plan for Disaster

The remains of what was once a home improvement store in Joplin, Mo., showing the destructive power of the tornado that struck the area in May 2011.

NIST Awards $6.6 Million for Research to Help Structures Better Withstand Earthquakes, Wind and Fire

The Research

Projects & Programs

Community Resilience Program

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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When Disaster Happens, Will Your Community Be Prepared?

If a disaster hits your community, will you be prepared? Are your leaders asking the right questions and taking the right steps to make sure your community could recover quickly and completely? Learn more about the flexible and adaptable resources from NIST's Community Resilience program that will help put your community on the path toward greater resilience.