Community Resilience and Long-Term Recovery: Opportunities and Challenges


Community resilience, or the sustained ability of a community to withstand and recover from adversity (e.g., economic stress, man-made or natural disaster) has become a key policy issue. In light of progress with the National Health Security Strategy and the draft National Disaster Recovery Framework, resilience and the ability of communities to recover at both the infrastructure and human levels has received renewed attention. Now, we are confronted with these questions: What are the key levers for building and strengthening community resilience? What are specific activities for communities to undertake?

Recent Efforts

Over the last four years, RAND has engaged federal, state and local stakeholders to address these questions, providing important information that will shape how we realize the promise of this new national orientation. RAND is engaging stakeholders to implement and evaluate community resilience building activities, and has identified opportunities for integrating the non-profit and for-profit sectors in building resilient communities.

Pilot Project of Community Resilience Strategies in Los Angeles County