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"As cities and towns across our country recover from natural disasters that have spanned historic drought to devastating wildfire and storms, we are reminded of the spirit of resilience that binds us together as one people and as one American family. This month, let us honor that spirit by standing with all those affected by recent severe weather, as well as past disasters, and by taking the steps we can to protect our loved ones and our communities before disaster strikes."
President Barack Obama
National Preparedness Month Declaration 2012
Resilient Communities are the Foundations of a Resilient America.
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America has always been fundamentally a resilient nation. Our resilience has been the keystone of our prosperity, our productivity, and our world leadership. The events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession, and the BP oil spill, however, have shaken our confidence, created distrust of our institutions and undermined our inherent resilience. We need to return to our resilient American roots if we are to maintain our forefathers’ legach for our children and grandchildren.
CARRI believes that resilient American communities are the foundations on which a resilient nation has always been built and must be rebuilt in the future. A resilient community understands itself and its vulnerabilities, takes positive collective actions to limit the effects of those vulnerabilities and thereby recovers rapidly and robustly from disasters of all kinds. A resilient community embraces its responsibility to all of its citizens, limits it dependence on outside help during crises and takes responsibility for its future.
Evidence gained working with communities from across the country, reinforced by solid academic research, convinces us that communities consistently ask for four things in their efforts to take charge of their own destinies:
- An understanding of what resilience means for their community
- A practical way to measure their resilience and understand how to improve
- Simple, usable processes and tools that will help them move forward; and
- Tangible benefits that flow from their efforts
To meet this need, CARRI in collaboration with a wide range of community resilience experts, community leaders and private sector partners created the Community Resilience System (CRS). The CRS guides communities through a simple, easy to understand, web-enabled process that provides useful steps, detailed actions, and robust supporting resources that lead to a practical, implementable community action plan. The first version of the CRS is being implemented in 8 communities across the nation now.