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Community resilience

Recent floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes remind us that natural, technological and human-caused hazards take a high toll on communities and the impacts can last long past the event. Better resilience planning can improve a community’s quality of life, its ability to recover rapidly and to build back better, and make the community more attractive to residents and businesses. Resilience planning begins with understanding the long-term plans of the

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.

Toward a Resilient Nashua, New Hampshire (blog post)

streetlight lit scene of buildings on a waterfront at night
Credit: City of Nashua, New Hampshire

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting research in community resilience. Among other locales, NIST has worked closely with Nashua, New Hampshire. Nashua’s leadership in community resilience is an excellent example of the goals described in the newly published National Mitigation Investment Strategy (NMIS). In the NMIS, the federal government seeks to promote and integrate hazard mitigation as an essential component of comprehensive emergency management. NMIS emphasizes the importance of information sharing between emergency managers and community planners, strategy coordination, and better tools to measure risk and communicate it to stakeholders.
>>Read more of this guest blog post by Justin Kates, Nashua Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director.

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Critical Path Method Assessment of Community Recovery

Francis M. Lavelle, Charles Goodhue, Douglas Lyons
The critical path method (CPM) is investigated as a tool for identifying recovery activities that control the timeline for restoration of key community