The Roundtable and its programs aim to help communities and the nation
build resilience to extreme events, save lives, and reduce the physical and economic costs of disasters.
What We Do
The mission of the Resilient America Roundtable is to convene experts from the academic, public, and private sectors to design or catalyze activities that build or enhance communities' resilience to extreme events.
To do this, the Roundtable structures its activities around four major lines of work:
Community Pilot Program: The Roundtable partners with three communities – Charleston, South Carolina; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Seattle, Washington – to build or increase resilience to extreme events. A fourth community in the Midwest will soon join the program. Several additional communities also participate in Roundtable activities.
Measures and Metrics of Resilience: The Roundtable's work in measures of resilience helps communities develop ways to answer these hard questions: How resilient is your community? How would you go about determining how resilient you are or how resilient you should be? And how do you measure progress towards becoming resilient?
Expert Meetings and Workshops: The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has tremendous convening power that the Roundtable uses to bring together the world’s experts on a given topic or complex question in Resilient America’s expert meetings and workshops. The first two topics tackled Resilient Power Systems and the Role of Insurance in Building Resilience.
Critical Infrastructure and Supply Chain Resilience: How is the economic viability of a community connected to or dependent on its critical infrastructure? How do goods, people, information, or services continue to move when disruptions occur? This line of work aims to explore and understand the interdependencies of critical infrastructure in communities and their impact on various supply chains.
The Roundtable’s work is founded on four key actions from the Academies’ report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, that communities can take to bolster their resilience:
- Understand and communicate risk
- Identify measures of community resilience
- Share information and data to enhance or improve decision making for building more resilient communities
- Build or strengthen partnerships and coalitions within and among communities to build resilience
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