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National Capital Region Resilience System

The mission of this collaboratory is to focus on discussions about the National Capital Region Resilience System.


Gina Angiola jschulman Kathy Gilbeaux mdmcdonald

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7th Annual TIDES Technology Field Demonstration

7th Annual TIDES TechnologyField Demonstration

Image: 7th Annual TIDES TechnologyField Demonstration - October 1-4th, 2013

In the link below are images from the 7th Annual TIDES Technology Field Demonstration.


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Symphony of the Soil - a remarkable film for all ages

This film is a great tool for community-building ...and is transformative...



" By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet."

Video - Community Harvest

submitted by Stella Tarnay - Directors: Brandon and Lance Kramer - Editor: Cameron King

Community Harvest celebrates the natural and cultural harvests of our community, documenting the dramatic transformation of a forgotten vacant urban alley in our Nation’s Capital into a majestic, public garden and collaborative green space.

Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations - A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response

                                                - - by Jeanne S. Ringel, Anita Chandra, Malcolm Williams, Karen A. Ricci, Alexandria Felton, David M. Adamson, Margaret M. Weden, Meilinda Huang

Building Community Resilience to Disasters - A Way Forward to Enhance National Health Security

Community resilience, or the sustained ability of a community to withstand and recover from adversity has become a key policy issue at federal, state, and local levels, including in the National Health Security Strategy. Because resources are limited in the wake of an emergency, it is increasingly recognized that resilience is critical to a community's ability to reduce long recovery periods after an emergency. This report provides a roadmap for federal, state, and local leaders who are developing plans to enhance community resilience for health security threats and describes options for building community resilience in key areas. Based on findings from a literature review and a series of community and regional focus groups, the authors provide a definition of community resilience in the context of national health security and a set of eight levers and five core components for building resilience. They then describe suggested activities that communities are pursuing and may want to strengthen for community resilience, and they identify challenges to implementation.

Storms: Mid-Atlantic Power Outages Could Last Days

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Power Outages Impact Millions Across the Nation (This news video is preceded by a brief commercial.)

Proceedings for the 2011 Community Health Resiliency Workshop are Now Available



Thank you for attending the 2011 Community Health Resiliency Workshop; your participation helped make this event a success!

Material from the workshop is now available for download in the attachment below, and at:


The Community Health Resilience Workshop Coordination Team

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Anticipating The Perfect Storm of Impossible Events

submitted by Jonathan King

By: Rich Miller - - February 20, 2012

Jesse Robbins is a trained fireman. He also has managed some of the world’s largest Internet infrastructures. Robbins says the lessons of fire readiness can be applied to building reliable systems.

“You cannot learn the lessons of failure without experiencing it,” said Robbins, the co-founder and Chief Community Office at Opscode. “That’s why we do fire drills.”


RAND - Focus on Community Resilience - Newsletter

imageWelcome to the first Focus on Community Resilience newsletter. At RAND, we have been intensively studying the many cross-cutting issues related to how communities can withstand and recover from disasters and other conditions that affect community well-being. We are launching this newsletter to share research findings, resources, and tools with people like you who are working to help communities prepare for natural and manmade emergencies. We hope this newsletter will stimulate an exchange of ideas among community leaders and a forum to share lessons about resilience-building strategies and activities.

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Supply Chain Resilience Project Seeks Input

submitted by Samuel Bendett

Supply Chain Resilience Project Seeks Input
The Mid-Atlantic Supply Chain Resilience Project cultivates private-public involvement to enhance regional readiness for a catastrophic event in Washington D.C. or surrounding states. This group has identified several key strategies necessary for supply chain resilience.
The current
working draft of the Strategic Playbook is scheduled to be finalized by Dec. 16, 2011 and is currently open for review.

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