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Resilience at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Individual, community, and national resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. No person or place is immune from disasters or disaster-related losses. Enhanced resilience allows better anticipation of disasters and better planning to reduce disaster losses — rather than waiting for an event to occur and paying for it afterward.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have a number of activities aimed at improving individual, community, and national resilience. This website is a portal to this work.


News & Events


Workshop: On June 28-29, 2016, the Resilient America Roundtable will host The State of Resilience Leadership Forum and Community Workshop. This event will consider the results of years of investment, experimentation and research, bringing together policymakers and stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels to talk about what works, what doesn’t, and what should happen next in this resilience arena. Register to attend or watch the webcast


Newsletter: The Resilent America Roundtable has a new newsletter. Subscribe today!


Video: Check out this short video describing the new Transportation Research Board Section on Transportation Systems Resilience.


Initiative: To help improve understanding and raise awareness about Arctic change and its many impacts around the globe, the Academies, with support from the United States Arctic Research Commission, has begun a multifaceted effort called Arctic Matters.




Groups at the Academies
Engaged in Resilience Work


Natural Disasters

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Wildfires, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods, Tsunamis, Droughts, Climate Change


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Conflict and Security Issues

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Airport, Port, and Border Security, Homeland Security, Nuclear Weapons, Dirty Bombs, Terrorists, Cybersecurity, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Security, Arms Control, Medical Preparedness


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Health and Pandemics

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Medical Countermeasures, Surge Capacity, Pandemic, Influenza, Personal Protective Equipment, Biosurveillance, Crisis Standards of Care


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Critical Infrastructure

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Engineering and Technology, Construction, Materials, Transportation, Bridges, Roads and Highways Rail, Mass Transit, Electrical Power Systems, Telecommunications, Water, Food and Water Supply Safety, Oil Spills, Transportation and Evacuation


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