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 ResilientAmerica Program is to convene experts from the academic, public, private, and nonprofit sectors to design or catalyze activities that build or enhance communities' resilience to extreme events and other disruptions. To do this, ResilientAmerica structures its activities around five major lines of work:
Community Pilot Program: ResilientAmerica partners with four communities – Charleston, South Carolina; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Seattle, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma – to build or enhance their resilience. Several additional communities also participate in ResilientAmerica activities.
Consensus Studies: ResilientAmerica conducts consensus studies that dig into key issues that impact community resilience.
Measures and Metrics of Resilience: ResilientAmerica'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?
Cross-Cutting Issues: The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has tremendous convening power that ResilientAmerica uses to bring together the world’s experts to delve into a specific topic or complex question.
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.
ResilientAmerica’s work is founded on four key actions for building community resilience from The National Research Council's 2012 report, Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative:
- 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
Resilient America Roundtable | 500 Fifth St. NW | Washington, DC 20001 | Resilience@nas.edu