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Project: Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and issue a consensus report that integrates information from the natural, physical, technical, economic and social sciences to identify ways in which to increase national resilience to hazards and disasters in the United States.  The study is being conducted under collaborative oversight of the Disasters Roundtable (DR) and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP). In this context, “national resilience” includes resilience at federal, state and local community levels.

The ad-hoc committee will:

  • Define “national resilience” and frame the  primary issues related to increasing national resilience to hazards and disasters in the United States;
  • Provide goals, baseline conditions, or performance metrics for resilience at the U.S. national level;
  • Describe the state of knowledge about resilience to hazards and disasters in the United States;
  • Outline additional information or data  and gaps and obstacles to action that need to be addressed in order to increase resilience to hazards and disasters in the United States;
  • Present conclusions and recommendations about what approaches are needed to elevate national resilience to hazards and disasters in the United States.
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Project Scope

A broad range of topics and considerations are involved in increasing resilience to hazards and disasters at the national scale, including the integration of roles, responsibilities, and governance through the federal, state, local, and community levels.  To bound the broad range of topics and produce a report with high levels of utility, the committee may opt to develop some of the study findings in the context of one or more exemplars or case studies that can provide both sufficient detail and the potential for substantive and directly applicable recommendations.  The committee may present its assessments, conclusions, and recommendations in terms of the following:

A framework for improving coordination and organization among the various entities that have roles in all phases of disasters, which could include:

  • Identifying leadership protocol;
  • Articulating the roles and responsibilities across these entities; and
  • Determining successful practices, as well as means to improve upon those practices;
  • Assessment of  progress towards successful recovery from a disaster;
  • Expectations for disaster resilience; and
  • Cross-cutting topics, such as critical infrastructure, insurance and reinsurance, and ways that hazards cascade into disasters or catastrophes. 

Project Staff

Lauren Augustine-Alexander 
Director, Disasters Roundtable
Email: LEAlexander@nas.edu

Eric Edkin
Program Assistant
Email: EEdkin@nas.edu 

Elizabeth A. Eide                       
Study Director
Email: EEide@nas.edu 

Neeraj P. Gorkhaly

Research Associate
Email: NGorkhaly@nas.edu

 

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U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior/USGS
U.S. Geological Survey/photo by H.G. Wilshire