FEMA, NOAA Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures

The Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures paper seeks to identify a common framework for communities to assess their resilience using federal data. The concept paper, published by the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) - a federal workgroup led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - provides indicators aimed at helping local communities to gauge their own resilience capacity and federal agencies to determine the effectiveness of their actions. The availability of locally scaled data for use in understanding and tracking community resilience capacity nationally is very limited. The framework and indicators were developed with the intention of improving the availability of locally scaled data in order to track community resilience capacity nationally. 

The “Resilience Relevance” is detailed for 28 Indicators related to housing, health care, environmental health, employment, transportation infrastructure, water, wetlands, forests, habitats, risk, community preparedness, mitigation, networks, building codes, and more.  Key attributes of community resilience capacity represented by the proposed indicators and measures in this paper are:

  • Housing Resilience
  • Health Resilience
  • Economic Resilience
  • Access and Functional Needs
  • Community Planning
  • Social Connectedness

Overall, the paper provides:

- A primer on community resilience that defines key concepts and describes relevant federal background.

- A discussion of how local resilience efforts align with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Goal, the intention of which is to bolster communities’ ability to recover from emergencies.

- A list of specific community resilience indicators based on available federal data, which covers general conditions and factors associated with community resilience.

- Proposed national-level measures for resilience outcomes.

- Links to key federally available data sets.




Publication Date: June 2016

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