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Increasing Community Resilience Through Improved Lifeline Infrastructure Performance



Chris Rojahn, Laurie Johnson, Veronica Cedillos, Thomas O'Rourke, Therese P. McAllister, Steven L. McCabe


The concept of community resilience is complex and multi-dimensional, relying upon social science, engineering, earth sciences, economics, and other disciplines to improve the way communities prepare for, resist, respond to, and recover from disruptive events. Community resilience can break the cycle of destruction and recovery and reduce the impacts of earthquakes and other hazards. This article presents important observations and findings from a recent study commissioned and funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to (1) assess current societal expectations of acceptable lifeline infrastructure system performance levels and (2) propose actions pertaining to policy, modeling, systems operations, and research needs that will facilitate improved lifeline infrastructure performance during disasters.
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Created July 11, 2019, Updated January 15, 2020