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.


Improving State Coordination for Energy Assurance Planning and Response

Governors have a critical responsibility to help their states prepare for and respond to natural or humanmade disasters. This responsibility includes ensuring that the supply and distribution of energy are ...
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States Strengthen Energy Infrastructure

WASHINGTON—Governors are often on the front lines of responding to natural or human-made disasters, and they also play an integral role in emergency preparedness. That includes ensuring energy supply and ...
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The Potential Role for Microgrids During Electric Power Outages Webinar

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar on microgrids for critical asset resiliency. This webinar featured state peers discussing successful programs that have deployed ...
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States Respond To Increased Volatility Of Electricity Demand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – States across the country are confronting a shift to a “peakier” pattern in the use of electricity—meaning the highest levels of daily demand are increasingly greater than the average ...
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The Role of Geographic Information Systems in State Energy Assurance Planning and Response

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webcast on geographic information systems (GIS) tools and strategies to facilitate state energy assurance planning and response. Governors ...
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Reliable Home Heating Act

The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Majority Leader Reid and Senator McConnell: On ...
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