Community and Infrastructure Resilience

Traffic on a waterfront road in New York City

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RAND addresses many of the pressing challenges associated with community and infrastructure development. This includes planning for future transportation and mobility options, securing communities against a variety of natural and human threats, integrating technology into the built environment, evaluating infrastructure performance, and equity concerns arising from urbanization. Relatedly, this area of work explores the tradeoffs in developing infrastructure effectively and sustainably, and the challenges regarding which infrastructure investments to prioritize and how to pay for them.

  • Person pointing at a public transit map, photo by Rawpixel/Getty Images

    Incorporating Resilience into Transportation Planning

    Oct 16, 2019

    A resilient transportation system is one in which critical assets are not exposed to hazards or, if they are, there is sufficient capacity to mitigate the negative effects. How can transportation planners better incorporate resilience into their decisionmaking?

  • National Trends in Food Insecurity and Congregation-Based Food Provision

    Oct 15, 2019

    Congregation-based food provision is helping to meet the needs of food-insecure households, however research suggests congregations and non-profits are not an adequate substitute for federally funded programs.

  • Ducklings and a swan gather on a sandbank in the Jamaica Bay neighborhood of New York City

    Building Resilience in an Urban Coastal Environment

    Jul 31, 2018

    What are the potential effects of climate change and sea level rise on flood risk, ecosystems, and water quality in New York City's Jamaica Bay? How can flood risk be reduced while also improving water quality, restoring habitat, and improving resilience to extreme weather events?

  • Senior Airman John J. Kosequat, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, pushes an elderly man toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in Houston area, August 30, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Daniel H. Farrell)

    Boosting Disaster Resilience Among Older Adults

    Jan 26, 2018

    Older adults are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. This toolkit helps senior villages and other age-friendly communities promote disaster resilience among their residents.

  • A digital weather map

    The Not-So-Marginal Value of Weather Warning Systems

    Jan 4, 2018

    Expansion of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather hazard warnings to a previously untreated county was associated with an almost 40% reduction in injuries and as much as a 50% reduction in fatalities.

  • Road bridge over Narragansett Bay, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA

    Fixing U.S. Infrastructure's Ills Requires an Accurate Diagnosis

    Dec 5, 2017

    Funding levels and the overall physical conditions of transportation and water infrastructure in the U.S. are far from dire. But changes in funding, finance, and policy should be made with national and regional priorities in mind.

  • Chickamauga Lock and Dam, near Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Not Everything Is Broken with U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure

    Dec 5, 2017

    Transportation and water infrastructure funding and finance in the United States are not nearly as dire as some believe. But a national consensus on infrastructure priorities, accompanied by targeted spending and selected policy changes, is needed.

  • A power substation at sunset

    Characterizing National Exposures to Infrastructure from Natural Disasters

    Jul 12, 2017

    Data and methods documentation for an analysis of how infrastructure systems - roads, the electric grid, ports, telecommunications networks, refineries, and others - are vulnerable to disruption from natural disasters.