Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Community Resilience


This page provides resources for community resilience, which is the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and recover quickly after a significant disruption or disaster.


Building Organizational Capacity for Disaster Recovery in Small Communities and Rural Places Webinar

On May 15th, 2013 IEDC hosted a webinar on building organizational capacity for disaster recovery in small communities and rural places with Tish Williams, the Executive Director of the Hanc… …more


Leadership in a Time of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

IEDC is proud to announce the release of a revised Leadership in a Time of Crisis toolkit. The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S…. …more


A Decade of Disasters

The U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC)’s 2010 report on disaster resiliency and recovery which features best practices and lessons learned from communities impacted b… …more


America’s Counties Build Community Resiliency Through Coastal Restoration Webinar

Counties that undertake coastal habitat restoration are not only aiding the local environment and ensuring water quality; they are enhancing their own economic well-being. Coastal counties r… …more


Building Community Resilience: An Online Training

Emergency preparedness can get you through the first few days following a disaster. But how can your community bounce back over the long term? With disasters becoming more common and costly,… …more


Building Resilience in America’s Communities: Observations and Implications of the CRS Pilots Report

This March 2013 report looks at the efforts of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) who in 2010 devoted 18 months to coordinating an effort to build a Community Resilience… …more


Creating Disaster Resiliency: Implementing Regional Coordination and National Disaster Prevention Networks Whitepaper

A whitepaper based on BCLC’s February 2012 Systemic Community Resiliency Workshop. Over the past two decades, the cost of natural disasters in the United States has doubled from $15.6 bill… …more


East Central Vermont Resilience Work Following Hurricane Irene Highlighted in NADO’s Series, “Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience”

The NADO Research Foundation has released the latest installment of its case study series, Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience.  The series highlight… …more


From the County Up: Toward a 2030 Vision of Disaster Resilience – Webinar

Watch the National Association of Counties (NACo) First Vice President Linda Langston and the National Academy of Sciences for a thought provoking session about disaster resilience as a nati… …more


Lessons Learned in Post-Disaster Economic Recovery and Resiliency

This presentation discusses the economic issues that commonly arise after a disaster, and presents strategies and action steps for short, intermediate and long-term economic recovery. Additi… …more


Materials Available from “Making Resilience the New Normal” Convening (Washington, DC)

Across the country, local and regional agencies are finding new ways of building resilience through their day-to-day decisions.  By applying a new lens to not only disaster recovery but als… …more


NADO Research Foundation Releases New Report and Website on Regional Resilience

The NADO Research Foundation has released Planning for a More Resilient Future: A Guide to Regional Approaches, a report that summarizes the rapidly-growing body of research on resilienc… …more


NADO’s Regional Resilience Report

The NADO Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new special report, Regional Resilience. The issue brief summarizes recent research and practice on economic and communit… …more


Peer Learning Forum of Innovative Approaches to Disaster Recovery and Economic Resiliency

This report from June, 2011 outlines the existing roles being played by Economic Development Districts (EDDs) in disaster recovery and resiliency, including policy, program and organizationa… …more


Planning Fire-Resilient Counties in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Published by National Association of Counties(NACo) this publication is a guide to wildfire risk and mitigation. With nearly 80,000 wildfires occurring during one year in 2008 it is importan… …more


The Community Economic Recovery Guidebook

The State of Wisconsin recently produced the Community Economic Recovery Guidebook: Safeguarding Your Economy From Disaster, a disaster recovery guidebook designed for economic development o… …more


Webinar Recording – Building Resilience in Your Economy

IEDC on July 22 held this webinar on Building Resilience in Your Economy. Everyone’s talking about resilience. What does it mean for your community? EDOs are often unexpectedly called to a… …more


Webinar Recording and Slides Available for “The RDO Role in Disaster Recovery”

It has often been said that the impacts of natural disasters do not stop at jurisdictional boundaries, and recent events across the U.S. have certainly shown this to be true.  Nearby ci… …more


Webinar Recording: Establishing a 501c3 for Economic Development & Recovery

On March 13th, 2014, IEDC held  the Establishing a 501c3 for Economic Development & Recovery webinar. In communities that have demonstrated resiliency in facing a major crisis, economic… …more