Building and Measuring Community Resilience

Actions for Communities and the Gulf Research Program

Published in: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2019). doi: 10.17226/25383

Posted on RAND.org on June 29, 2021

by Anita Chandra

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The frequency and severity of disasters over the last few decades have presented unprecedented challenges for communities across the United States. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina exposed the complexity and breadth of a deadly combination of existing community stressors, aging infrastructure, and a powerful natural hazard. In many ways, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was a turning point for understanding and managing disasters, as well as related plan making and policy formulation. It brought the phrase "community resilience" into the lexicon of disaster management.

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