"Disaster resilient communities are, first and foremost, communities that function and solve problems well under normal conditions. By matching existing capabilities to needs and working to strengthen resources, communities are able to improve their disaster resiliency. Community leaders and partners can help emergency managers in identifying the changing needs and capabilities that exist in the community."
—FEMA: A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management
Community Resilience relies on the ability to develop informed, empowered, and resilient healthcare systems and residents. With adequate information, resources, and tools, communities are better prepared to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond, rebound, recover, and adapt to threats and all-hazards.
Bureau of Preparedness and Response programs, projects, tips, tools, and resources enhance community readiness and support the delivery of healthcare services to vulnerable populations most at-risk for poor outcomes due to a disaster or incident. Resources support county health departments and partners in their whole community approach to understanding and meeting needs, engaging and empowering all parts of the community, and strengthening what works well. Follow the links below for program resources and tools. For an overview of programs and fiscal year highlights see Community Resilience Program Fact Sheets.
Resilience is defined as the ability to quickly recover, rebound, or bounce back. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response described Community Resilience as "the sustained ability of communities to withstand and recover from adversity." Programs and projects supported by the Bureau of Preparedness and Response Community Resilience Unit demonstrate the importance of working as a team with county health departments and stakeholders to assure communities succeed in this endeavor.
This section contains links to state, federal, and other resources and publications to assist county health departments and local communities in their "whole community" approach to becoming resilient.
Florida Department of Health Resources
Community Resilience Webcasts - Webcasts and presentations hosted by the Community Resilience Unit sharing new information, experiences, and best practices.
Family Preparedness Guides - Help individuals make a plan and get the right supplies that can help minimize risks to known hazards.
Florida CHARTS - The Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set with community tools and data on a variety of issues and health indicators.
Home Care Training Guide for Sheltering at Home - Trainer's guide, materials, and train the trainer satellite broadcast, for teaching the Home Care Training Course designed to provide communities tools and educational resources to prepare residents to shelter at home.
Local Health Department Coalition Development Tools - Information and tools to assist local health departments establish, participate in, and maintain local or regional public health preparedness coalitions or networks.
Mass Prophylaxis and Treatment Annex - Annex to the Florida Department of Health Emergency Operations Plan. The Annex provides guidance on appropriate response actions associated with mass prophylaxis, vaccination, and or treatment for a disease outbreak of known or unknown origin that presents a public health threat, and requires state assistance to regions or counties beyond their customary day-to-day activities.
Reports and Publications
A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action - The document "presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging with members of the community as vital partners in enhancing the resiliency and security of our Nation through a Whole Community approach." FEMA, December 2011.
Building Community Resilience for Children and Families - A guidebook that provides information about building community resilience and helping communities improve their capacity to respond effectively to natural or man-made disasters or acts of terrorism. The Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, February 12, 2007.
Coastal Resilience Index - A community self-assessment tool "to provide community leaders with a simple an inexpensive method of predicting if their community will reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning after a disaster." After completing the self-assessment, communities can calculate their Resilience Index. Cooperative multi-state project funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, November 2010.
Community Resilience: A function of resources and adaptability - White paper intended for "people who must help communities prepare for surprises." The paper describes a resilience approach applicable to a broad range of communities. Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University, June 2010.
Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative - This book addresses the issue of increasing the nation's resilience to disaster. It provides "goals, baseline conditions, or performance metrics for national resilience and outlines additional information, data, gaps, and/or obstacles that need to be addressed to increase the nation's resilience to disasters." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, 2012. Free download is available from the National Academies Press.
Homeland Security Advisory Council Community Resilience Task Force Recommendations - Report from the task force providing findings and recommendations for building national resilience, June 2011.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-21 - Public Health and Medical Preparedness - Presidential directive establishing a National Strategy for Public Health and Medical Preparedness. President George Bush, October 18, 2007.
Making Cities Resilient Report 2012 - A global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. A report on disaster risk reduction activities at select urban area cities and municipalities. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, September 4, 2012. More information including a local government self-assessment tool is available on the UN Global Campaign on Making Cities Resilient webpage.
National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America (NHSS) - Document that presents the Nation's First National Health Security Strategy, "which is intended to help galvanize efforts to minimize the health consequences associated with significant health incidents." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, December 2009.
National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America - Implementation Plan - Companion to the NHSS that describes outcomes the Nation hopes to achieve in the next four years and priority implementation activities. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, May 2012.
Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8: National Preparedness - Presidential directive aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation. President Barack Obama, March 30, 2011.
Resilience "Whole of Community" Approach - August 2012 edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Ten authors discuss various aspects of the "Whole of Community" approach to resilience. Visit the Domestic Preparedness website to read other editions and register to receive an online subscription to the journal, free to qualified preparedness professionals.
At-Risk, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Emergency webpage that provides subject matter expertise, education, and coordination to ensure that the functional needs of at-risk individuals and behavioral health issues are integrated in public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. ABC works to promote strategies for building inclusive individual and community resilience.
Community & Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) - Website for CARRI whose mission 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." The site contains presentations, publications, and other resources.
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Terrorism and Disaster Center, Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART) - Webpage with information and resources to bring community stakeholders together to address issues. CART is "a community intervention designed to enhance community resilience through assessment, group processes, planning, and action."
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