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CDR Hosts “Operationalizing Community Resilience” Workshop

On Monday, March 2, the University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience hosted an “Operationalizing Community Resilience” workshop, which joined together representatives of academia, industry and professional organizations to discuss infrastructure resilience at the state and local level.

Recognizing that there has been an exponential increase in the quantity and impacts from natural disasters since the 1990s, the group set out to establish a strategy for operationalizing resilience in a community by engaging all sectors leveraging a standardized framework.

Emphasizing a need for partnerships between universities, practitioners and the private sector, workshop participants discussed what it would take to create a prioritized action plan with metrics that allows measurement of progress over time with the intent of reducing lifecycle risk and cost. The group explored key points including all-hazard assessments for communities, risk assessment and potential mitigation actions based on multiple threat levels, cross-sector cost-benefit analysis.

Participants included representatives of the Center for Disaster Resilience, The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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