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The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) is housed at the Meridian Institute where their partnership leverages both organizations' deep expertise in building collaborative foundations for resilience and stability. The mission of the CARRI is to help develop and then share critical paths that any community or region may take to strengthen its ability to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant man-made or natural disasters with minimal downtime of basic community, government, and business services. CARRI supports communities in their resilience building efforts and also works with state, regional, and national stakeholders to create incentives and support for community resilience.
Beginning in 2010, CARRI devoted 18 months to coordinating an effort to build a Community Resilience System (CRS) that provides practical and immediately useable resources and processes to assess, measure, improve and reward community resilience. The Community Resilience Research Initiative (CRSI) was based on over three years of practical research that combined the insights of a cadre of distinguished researchers with practical experience in a number of US communities. During CARRI’s research phase, every element of communities and all levels of participation voiced a common request for simple solutions to address four needs: an understanding of what community resilience means to any community; a practical way to measure where a community stands on a scale of resilience; tools and processes that help a community reach a more resilient state; and tangible rewards for the community’s efforts.
The resulting CRS answers these needs with a system that is practical, simple, and useable by the community itself -- web enabled, results oriented and compelling to action. The CRS’ simple but powerful web-based software guides a community and its champions through a process to improve resilience, provides access to the resources in user-friendly formats, and documents the results of the community’s actions.