Resilience

NGA defines resilience as the ability to withstand disasters better, respond and recover more quickly, and excel under new conditions.

Governors increasingly face a host of human and natural disasters that threaten the viability of energy, water, transportation and other infrastructure assets that are critical to our way of life. Those disasters include severe storms, wildfires, droughts, inland flooding as well as diverse terrorism and cyber threats and chronic stressors such as poverty, disease, hunger, and violence. The impacts of these threats can be measured economically.

Incorporating resilience into emergency planning, infrastructure systems, and the built environment presents the opportunity to reduce vulnerabilities to future threats, mitigate the impacts of disasters, and lower the cost and effort needed to respond to and recover from disasters.


Resources

State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool Demonstration

State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool Demonstration

The SRAP tool is meant to help Governors and their staff assess state resilience, identify gaps, and plan for disasters. Nov 16, 2020 NGA hosted a webinar to provide an ...
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State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool

State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool

The State Resilience Assessment and Planning Tool was created to help Governors and their staffs assess state resilience, identify gaps, and plan for natural and man-made disasters. Background | Vision/Goals ...
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Bolster the Resilience of Defense Installations

Bolster the Resilience of Defense Installations

A virtual event to identify state and federal strategies to bolster the resilience of defense installations to natural and human hazards. The second in a series of virtual workshops being ...
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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

This webinar highlights state energy and infrastructure resilience solutions and funding opportunities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program. 29 September 2020 Between ...
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Creating Water Resilience: State Regulations for Water Reuse and Recycling

Creating Water Resilience: State Regulations for Water Reuse and Recycling

As water resources continue to be stressed even in traditionally water rich states by climate change, population growth, pollution and other issues, water reuse and recycling can offer one solution to ...
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State Strategies to Improve Energy Resilience through Distributed Technologies

State Strategies to Improve Energy Resilience through Distributed Technologies

Energy systems face increasing pressure from natural hazards, physical threats, and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Implementing distributed energy solutions such as efficiency, distributed generation with storage, and microgrids, in addition to robust ...
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Infrastructure Stakeholder Summit II: Strengthening Security and Resiliency: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure

Detroit, MI | Oct. 17-18, 2019 Infrastructure policy and technology experts from across the country will join the National Governors Association (NGA) in Detroit, Michigan, for the second of four ...
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NGA Issues Recommendations to Help States Prepare for and Recover From Disasters

NGA Issues Recommendations to Help States Prepare for and Recover From Disasters

As Weather Events Become More Frequent and Severe, Efforts to Build Resiliency Take on Added Importance As natural disasters increase in frequency and intensity, the National Governors Association (NGA) is ...
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Housing Resilience:  Best Practices for States on Resilient Planning & Recovery

Housing Resilience: Best Practices for States on Resilient Planning & Recovery

As natural disasters increase in frequency and intensity this paper has outlines state policies and actions to improve the resilience of the nation’s housing stock, including measures to build resilience ...
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Retreat on Improving Energy Resilience in the State of Oregon

Retreat on Improving Energy Resilience in the State of Oregon

December 11 – 12 | Salem, OR The state of Oregon, in partnership with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), is hosting a retreat on policies ...
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