Contributed by: Susan Fox
TBG at NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Charleston, SC 29405
The Resilient America roundtable and its programs aim to help communities and the nation build resilience to extreme events, save lives, and reduce the physical and economic costs of disasters.
Resilient America is a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/resilientamerica/index.htm
Weather and other extreme events are becoming more destructive and costly in the United States and around the world. In the United States alone, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, windstorms, and other natural hazards collectively kill or injure thousands of people each year and cost communities and the United States government billions of dollars in damages.
The academic, public, and private sectors share a need to increase understanding of risk and extreme events; to better communicate, manage, and mitigate exposure associated with extreme events; and to develop strategies that build resilience to such events.
In 2012, The National Research Council released a report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, about critical issues and strategic steps the United States can take to reduce impacts on the nation’s communities from natural and human-induced disasters. This report generated strong interest across the country for follow-on projects to test or implement the recommendations laid out in the report. To meet this demand, Resilient America was established in 2014 for an initial three-year period to help communities build resilience to extreme events.
Through meetings, workshops and other activities, the Roundtable brings together experts from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors to advance discussions about resilience; incubate ideas and projects; and conduct education, outreach and community exchange that builds community and national resilience to disasters and extreme events. Roundtable activities are designed to help decision makers build approaches for (1) deciding how and where to invest resources to reduce their risk and build resilience and to (2) explain or defend those investment decisions. The Roundtable also partners with communities across the United States to support their efforts to build resilience.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have a number of activities aimed at improving individual, community, and national resilience. This website is a portal to this work – http://www.nationalacademies.org/topics/resilience/index.html
Extreme Event Game – This fun role-playing game gives participants a taste of what it takes to build community resilience in the face of disaster. Players work together to make decisions and solve problems during an engaging, fast-paced disaster simulation. – https://www.koshland-science-museum.org/extreme-event/
Resiliency Reading list: Here is a list of books available for FREE from the National Academies Press:
Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters (2015): http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18996/healthy-resilient-and-sustainable-communities-after-disasters-strategies-opportunities-and
Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative (2012): http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13457/disaster-resilience-a-national-imperative
Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience A Vision for Future Practice (2012) http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13393/dam-and-levee-safety-and-community-resilience-a-vision-for
Building Community Disaster Resilience Through Private-Public Collaboration (2011): http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13028/building-community-disaster-resilience-through-private-public-collaboration
Applications of Social Network Analysis for Building Community Disaster Resilience: Workshop Summary (2009): http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12706/applications-of-social-network-analysis-for-building-community-disaster-resilience
Facing Hazards and Disasters Understanding Human Dimensions (2006): http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11671/facing-hazards-and-disasters-understanding-human-dimensions
MORE Resiliency Reading: Just in case you are looking for something else here is list of additional resources from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – http://www.nationalacademies.org/topics/resilience/index.html