Building Blocks for a Resilient City

Resilience is the ability of communities to withstand and recover from disasters as well as to learn from past disasters to strengthen future response and recovery efforts.

A resilient community can:

  1. Determine what it needs to reduce damage and to use its assets or resources wisely. The community is resourceful with what it has, no matter its condition or whether it has a lot of resources.
  2. Not only bounce back quickly, but take the opportunity to strengthen health, environmental, social and economic systems.
  3. Learn from past emergencies so that it can be better prepared for the next response.
  • Partnerships: Bridging organizations and people
  • Self-sufficiency: Neighbor-to-neighbor ties and skills and supports to thrive
  • Education: Promoting understanding across disaster cycle
  • Engagement: Using innovative strategies to reach all people

... work together to achieve ...

  • Community recovers quicker
  • More community development
  • Ability to care for all people
  • Residents equipped to respond
  • Connected organizations and people

For more information, please visit www.rand.org/resilience-in-action.html

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