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Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems



Stephen A. Cauffman


Every community in the United States faces the risk of natural, human-caused, or technological hazards. While most hazards do not rise to the level of extreme events, natural hazards often inflict significant economic losses and disruption to lives and commerce due to damage to buildings and infrastructure systems. To address this problem, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convened a diverse body of community resilience stakeholders through a series of workshops to inform the development of a planning guide for strengthening resilience. The first major deliverable under this program, the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems (Guide), was released as a draft for public comment on April 27, 2015. The Guide is intended for implementation by local governments as the logical convener of the relevant stakeholders, from individual community members and organizations to building owners, utility owners and operators, business and industry, and state and federal government agencies. It recognizes that no one entity can address resilience by itself. The Guide lays out a practical approach based on the principle that by establishing a shared set of goals aiming to maintain—or quickly restore--important social and economic functions, communities can plan and undertake improvements in the ways buildings and infrastructure systems are built, maintained, and operated so that resilience improves over time.
The Military Engineer


community resilience, buildings, infrastructure systems, community functions


Cauffman, S. (2015), Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems, The Military Engineer (Accessed December 5, 2023)
Created June 30, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017