Resilience and Climate Variability
Climate & Hazard Resilient Communities
In recent years, many organizations, research groups and governmental agencies have focused efforts on helping communities and regions become more resilient to storms and natural disasters. For example, the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides information and recommendations on making communities more resilient to coastal storms and other weather-related hazards (website: coastalmanagement.noaa.gov) The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) helps to develop and share information on ways to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant man-made or natural disasters with minimal downtime of basic services (website: www.resilientus.org). Similarly, the Rand Corporation has helped to implement and evaluate community resilience-building activities in public health and emergency preparedness, infrastructure protection, and the development of economic recovery programs (website: www.rand.org).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has been working with state and local health departments in recent years to help prepare communities in managing the health risks of climate change. The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five step process that enables a health department to improve its inputs to the traditional planning process and support the development and implementation of a unified climate and health adaptation strategy for a jurisdiction. (See: www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth)