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Resilience Best Practices and Metrics

Assessment of Resilience Best Practices and Metrics in Support of State Resilience Planning Efforts
Lead Investigator: Susan L. Cutter

Project Overview

South Carolina’s Statewide Resilience plan will provide the framework for state investments in 1) flood mitigation projects, 2) risk reduction programs and policies designed to protect assets and people from the impacts of extreme events, and 3) efforts to enhance the resilience of communities in fair and equitable ways. The action-oriented recommendations in the plan are designed to allow communities to better anticipate, absorb, recover, and thrive in response to disaster risk risks in an equitable manner. Understanding the pre-existing resilience of communities is an important element in the plan, for without a baseline measure it will be impossible to judge the effectiveness of resilience programs and the expenditure of resources to enhance resilience. This project provides a state-of-the-art review of existing resilience assessment approaches ranging from top-down quantitative metrics such as the Baseline Resilience Indicators for Communities (CBRIC) to more qualitative bottom-up approaches such as the one developed by the Community Resilience Organizations (CRO), and their application to South Carolina and their statewide resilience planning effort. 

See the background white paper, Evaluation of Existing Community Disaster Resilience Approaches and Tools to Support Resilience Planning Efforts. [pdf]

Funding: South Carolina Office of Resilience

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