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Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

Buildings, including high rises, with water flooding the area.
Credit: FEMA News Photo

Note: On December 4, 2017, NIST announced that it would conclude the Panel's efforts and transition to a workshop format. See the announcement here.

The Community Resilience Panel, which operated from November 2015 to December 2017, was established to strengthen the resilience of buildings and infrastructure systems by facilitating interactions with experts from social, economic, and infrastructure disciplines and recommending improvements to standards, guidelines, best practices and other tools.

Panel's Mission

The mission of the Panel was to reduce barriers to achieving community resilience by promoting collaboration among stakeholders to strengthen the resilience of buildings, infrastructure, and social systems upon which communities rely. The Panel was to consider the adequacy of standards, guidelines, best practices and other tools and recommend, develop, and work with others to make improvements in community resilience.

How the Panel Worked

Panel members participated in an open, transparent process. All meetings were open to anyone, and all progress was reported online. More than 350 members joined the Panel. 

Standing committees were responsible for the development of their own project plans. The standing committees were to inform the development of important reference materials necessary to implement community resilience plans.

The Community Resilience Panel Coordinating Committee (CRPCC) managed and guided the standing committees, and acted as a gatekeeper between the standing committees and the panel at large. The CRPCC approved documents proposed by the standing committees, before going to a vote for approval by the Panel at large.

NIST and federal departments and agencies cosponsored 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, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and two organizations in the Department of Homeland Security: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of Infrastructure Protection. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine was a non-federal cosponsor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was a liaison on behalf of the Department of Defense.

Previous Panel Meetings

For access to webcasts and agendas from previous Panel meetings please click here.

Created February 12, 2014, Updated April 5, 2022