Natural and man-made disasters cause an estimated $57B in average annual costs, with large single events resulting in losses of $100B or more. Recent events, such as the World Trade Center disaster, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy, have highlighted a need for current practice to consider the functionality and interdependencies of buildings and infrastructure systems and the role they play in restoring the fabric of the community following a hazard event.
What is NIST doing in resilience?
To address this problem, NIST will convene a panel on disaster resilience standards to continue development of a community-centric resilience framework and provide guidelines for resilient buildings and infrastructure lifelines. This approach, which is included in the President's Climate Action Plan*, will require multidisciplinary expertise to develop improved methods communities can use to prepare for, resist, respond to, and recover from hazard events more rapidly and at a lower cost. The NIST program is intended to be complementary to disaster resilience efforts within the Federal government and the private sector.
NIST's Disaster Resilience program includes the following areas:
* The President's Climate Action Plan can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf.
Related LinksDisaster and Failure StudiesDisaster Resilient Systems ProgramNational Earthquake Hazards Reduction ProgramFire Risk Reduction in Buildings ProgramFire Risk Reduction in Communities Program