Resilience

FEMA E-74 Webinar: Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage

Monday, December 5, 2011

FEMA NEHRP is offering multiple E-74 Webinars:  Reducing the Risks of Non-Structural Earthquake Damage across the nation from November 2011 through February 2012.    The West Coast is offering is coming up soon, scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

ANSI Workshop Report: Standards for Disaster Resilience for Buildings and Physical Infrastructure Systems

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Since 2003, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has worked to accelerate the development of voluntary standards for homeland security and emergency preparedness in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate. 

As part of that continuing effort, the HSSP convened the workshop: Standards for Disaster Resilience for Buildings and Physical Infrastructure Systems, on November 10, 2011, in Arlington, VA. This interactive workshop provided an opportunity for all participants – government, standards developers, program developers, and small businesses – to engage in an open dialogue and gain knowledge about all related issues and challenges.

BIPS 04: Integrated Rapid Visual Screening Series (IRVS) for Buildings

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Integrated Rapid Visual Screening is a quick and simple tool designed to determine initial or relative risk and resilience for buildings based on visual inspection only. The IRVS for Buildings categorizes 15 building types and addresses 20 hazardous events: internal (intrusion, blast and CBR); external blast and external chemical, biological, and radiological releases from 100, 300 and 1,000 feet; earthquakes (ground shaking and ground failure; floods (still water and velocity surge); wind (hurricane, tornado, and other wind events); landslide (rainfall and earthquakes); and fire (resulting from earthquakes, blast, or arson. The knowledge for calculating both risk and resilience is embedded in the tool. Major tool interactions are automatically calculated by pre-assigned weights, interaction logic, and context-based algorithms based on knowledge and tool validations. Risk is based primarily in target attractiveness (for manmade hazards). The IRVS software is available for download.  The software facilitates data collection and can be used as a management tool.

The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first national resilience award for superior leadership and innovation by a non-governmental individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response, and recovery in the face of disasters, as well as achievement in resilient construction and design.  Nomination Deadline May 15, 2012

FINAL WORKSHOP REPORT: RESILIENCY METRICS

Monday, November 26, 2012

Since 2003, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP)1 has worked to accelerate the development of voluntary standards for homeland security and emergency preparedness in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate.

As part of that continuing effort, the HSSP convened the workshop: Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs and Methods, and Measuring Tools, on August 22, 2012, in New Orleans, LA. This interactive workshop provided an opportunity for all participants government, standards developers, program developers, and small businesses to engage in an open dialogue regarding resiliency standards.

December is Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month

Friday, January 4, 2013

President Obama recently declared December to be Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience month. The proclamation encouraged greater commitment and training in order to enhance national security through the safety and resilience of our infrastructure and communities.

Hurricane Sandy served as a stark reminder of the potential impact of all-hazards to public health and safety as well as economic vitality. Our dependence on critical infrastructure and the interdependencies between critical infrastructure, particularly those responsible for supporting life sustaining activities, was on full display during the tragedy.

Resilience and modernization are vital to sustaining and enhancing critical infrastructure, and we all have a role to play in protection and resilience efforts.

To advance those efforts, DHS is committed "to engage and activate partnerships [across all levels of government], to close gaps in our protection programs, to collaborate with private sector stakeholders, including critical infrastructure owners and operators, and to expand and reinforce critical infrastructure protection and resilience."

3 Ways To Build Cities That Withstand Earthquakes And Superstorms

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Making our cities resilient to climate change means a shift away from the lowest-bid mentality and toward a model of shared risk, argues Autodesk VP Phil Bernstein.

The NYS 2100 Commission Report: Building Resilience in New York

Thursday, February 14, 2013

On November 15, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the NYS 2100 Commission in response to the recent severe weather events such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin co-chairs the commission which was asked to recommend actions to be taken to prepare New York to more effectively respond to, and bounce back from, future storms and other shocks.

In the report, Dr. Rodin notes: “Building back better demands a focus on increased resilience: the ability of individuals, organizations, systems, and communities to bounce back more strongly from stresses and shocks. Resilience means creating diversity and redundancy in our systems and rewiring their interconnections, which enables their functioning even when individual parts fail.”

Rebuilding After a Tornado

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ASCE has developed a list of published journal articles and conference papers relative to tornadoes and structural design currently being offered to the public as a free download. These papers are available for free to registered users until July 31, 2013.

 

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