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Comprehensive Community Bio-Event Resilience Action Plan for the Puget Sound Region


Recognizing that private industry, businesses, and other non-governmental organizations constitute integral and essential components of every region, PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region) acknowledges the need to coordinate for a bio-event across the healthcare sector and other organizations with roles in emergency management. This includes work in partnership with the private sector and other key regional stakeholders. Through this understanding, PNWER has led and participated in a number of pandemic and bio-event resilience initiatives.

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CLICK HERE - CCBER Final Report - 2010 -
Comprehensive Community Bio-Event Resilience Action Plan for the Puget Sound Region (170 page .PDF report)

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Resilient Communities for America - Agreement

submitted by Stella Tarnay

Mayors and county leaders: Sign the Resilient Communities for America Agreement and showcase your leadership and commitment to creating more resilient cities, towns, and counties. Join the new movement of resilient cities and counties that are taking smart steps to prepare for climate change and energy challenges, and turning adversity into economic opportunity.


Goodbye, Miami


Miami after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

submitted by Albert Gomez

By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin - by Jeff Goodell - June 20, 2013

When the water receded after Hurricane Milo of 2030, there was a foot of sand covering the famous bow-tie floor in the lobby of the Fontaine­bleau hotel in Miami Beach. A dead manatee floated in the pool where Elvis had once swum. Most of the damage occurred not from the hurricane's 175-mph winds, but from the 24-foot storm surge that overwhelmed the low-lying city.


Defining ‘Resilience’ as an Innovation Strategy


Amy Purdy, an "adaptive" snowboarding champion and advocate for amputee empowerment via sports - by Reena Jana - October 18, 2012

CAMDEN, ME — On a chilly October day, a stone’s throw from a postcard-perfect New England harbor and across from an adorable town square, a group that included chief executives, grad students, physicians, public-school educators, activists, scientists, and artists gathered. Some members of this diverse crowd, assembled for the annual PopTech conference from October 17-20 at the Camden Opera House, were from large companies such as Nike, Google, and Procter & Gamble. Others were the twentysomething founders of start-ups that no one has ever heard of–yet. Or they were academics, investors, designers, engineers.


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.

Why Aren't Americans Listening to Disaster Preparedness Messages? - by Lori Uscher-Pines, Anita Chandra, Joie Acosta, Arthur L. Kellermann - June 29, 2012

"Have an emergency plan for your family.” "Expect to be on your own for three days." "Stock a disaster kit with water, food, basic medical supplies, and prescription drugs. Include extra clothes, a flashlight, and a battery-powered radio." "Be sure you know what your community's disaster plan is."

This is the kind of advice public health officials have been giving the public since 9/11. But the public isn't listening. Four years after Hurricane Katrina, only slightly more than half of those responding to a survey by the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that they had any kind of emergency preparedness kit in their homes. Other national surveys report similarly dismal findings.

Given the recent spate of highly publicized disasters, why don't more Americans pay attention?


2012 Annual Public Safety Survey: Revealing Americans' Awareness and Preparedness Surrounding Emergency Situations

submitted by Ben Sheppard

We believe Federal Signal's 2012 Public Safety Survey is the most comprehensive national survey gauging the public's emotional reactions to emergency and disaster situations - from their response to notification alerts and sirens to their trust in their community's emergency preparedness. It takes more than community officials to ensure that the public is prepared for a disaster. Whether warnings emanate from a siren or from a neighbor, effective response to an emergency alert or notification demands the engagement of each and every citizen. This survey brings to light just how critical it is for members of the general public to be actively engaged during an emergency crisis. More importantly, the survey stresses how important it is for Americans to have an emergency plan in place that enables them to act quickly when their safety is threatened.

2012 Annual Public Safety Survey: Revealing Americans' Awareness and Preparedness Surrounding Emergency Situations (12 page .PDF file)

Overcoming Inertia - Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI)

submitted by Tom McGinn


June 2012 CARRI News - By Warren Edwards, Executive Director, CARRI

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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