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Nov. 12, 2013

Resources on Disaster Resilience

Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 8, causing vast destruction on the island nation. In the U.S., local, state, and federal leaders as well as community groups and businesses are working to strengthen the nation's resilience to future disasters, such a Superstorm Sandy, which hit the eastern United States one year ago. Learn more about the reports and activities from the National Academies that can help advance the conversation.

Disaster Resilience in America: Launching a National Discussion
The 2012 report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative was released just months before Sandy hit and launched a series of discussions around the country about community resilience.  The yearlong activities were bookended by workshops at the National Academy of Sciences. Full webcasts and video interviews with the participants are available online.

The Institute of Medicine's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events provides a venue for policy discussions among the public and private stakeholders in developing and enhancing the nation's medical and public health preparedness and has released numerous workshop summary reports and commissioned papers.  Recent workshop summaries have focused on how to prepare for a medical surge capacity during a disaster and sustaining health care delivery beyond the initial disaster response.

IOM's Crisis Standards of Care series of reports and workshop summaries contain concepts, guidance, and practical resources to help actors across the emergency response system develop plans for standards of health care and response to a catastrophic disaster. One workshop summary in particular focused on integrating crisis standards of care during international responses.

The Resilience of the Electric Power Delivery System in Response to Terrorism and Natural Disasters
Following the 2012 Research Council report Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System, this workshop summary expands the discussion of vulnerabilities to the electric grid to include natural disasters.

The National Research Council's Disaster Roundtable facilitates the exchange of ideas on a variety of topics related to disasters and resilience.

Koshland Science Museum will host an event on Nov. 16 for families to participate in hands-on activities, meet disaster experts and emergency responders, and learn how to build a more resilient community.

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