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November 2017 | Educational Series | Resilient City

A resilient city is defined by the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Chronic stresses take various forms of social unrest, corruption, violence, and poverty are to name a few. These stresses are compounded by external shocks like natural disasters, terrorism, and pandemics. The various combinations of stresses and shocks are accelerated by globalization, climate change, and urbanization. All of these influence on a city make it harder to respond, longer to recover, and slower to adapt because a community is interdependent that if one thing fails, it becomes a domino effect. For an example, if school is closed due to a power outage, the students must stay at home which means the parents cannot go to work, this will eventually cause a loss in the economic prosperity of the community.

To assist cities in planning for these conditions and crisis, two guides have been released, the first by the Rockefeller Foundation. The City Resilience Framework is based on extensive research in cities and is intended to provide insight into cities to identify their goals and understand the extent of their resilience and vulnerability. The second guide is the National Institute of Standards and Technology Community Resistance Planning Guide. This multi-volume guide provides a practical approach to help communities improve their resilience by setting priorities and allocating resources to manage risks.

Take a look at our presentation: November 2017 Ed Series – Resiliency

Presented by: Christine Nelson

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