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National Resilience Guidance

Communities today face an increasingly complex set of challenges. Disruptions from a range of acute shocks, such as natural disasters, pandemics, cyberattacks, infrastructure failure and loss of key industries are becoming more frequent and intense. Additionally, communities and systems are experiencing chronic stressors such as aging infrastructure, environmental degradation, and persistent poverty, which negatively impact quality of life and wellbeing, worsen the impacts of shocks, and undermine our ability to recover and thrive.

FEMA is spearheading an effort to create guidance and resources for the whole community to help everyone understand and fulfill their critical roles related to increasing national resilience. These resources will promote a common understanding of resilience, incorporate the relationship between stressors and shocks, address the critical roles of all stakeholders, and inspire fresh, forward-looking, and people-centered planning approaches to move the needle on increasing community and national resilience.

Vision of Resilience

  • Resilient people with optimal health and wellbeing. The whole community has a sense of security, social connectedness, and diminished vulnerability that serve as the foundation for thriving and resilient communities.
  • Resilient society that has a robust sense of belonging and a high degree of trust. Empowerment and cooperation within and across communities is fostered and supports strong civic engagement.
  • Resilient economies that support all members of society. These economies are built around a diverse range of industries and draw on regional strengths and assets.
  • Resilient built environment that supports a high quality of life that includes adequate, safe, secure, and humane housing, and critical infrastructure systems that are robust, adaptable, and support economic growth and innovation.
  • Resilient natural environment with clean land, air, and water and healthy ecosystems that can withstand shocks and stressors.
Victoria Salinas

We cannot have a resilient nation unless we are all resilient.” Victoria Salinas, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Administrator for Resilience

FEMA Wants to Hear from You

With the complexity of this topic and the need to create a truly whole community effort to increase resilience, FEMA is engaging a broad range of stakeholders to inform development of resilience guidance and resources. FEMA conducted over 80 meetings with hundreds of partners, as well as six listening sessions from April through – June 2023 with over 600 participants from across the whole community—representing numerous disciplines, sectors, levels of government, communities, and individuals.

Through these discussions, FEMA gathered input on a range of topics, such as what actions and partnerships are needed to increase national resilience, the roles and responsibilities of whole community stakeholders, innovative approaches for successful resilience planning, and the resources needed to help the whole community understand and execute their roles. 

FEMA will continue to engage the whole community throughout the development of the resilience guidance. FEMA will share the draft guidance for public review and comment in the spring of 2024 and will host national engagement sessions to discuss the draft with the public during that time. FEMA will incorporate the feedback into the guidance and publish the final version in the Summer 2024.

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If you’d like to share your ideas and thoughts on resilience, or your resilience story and journey towards resilience, email us at national-resilience@fema.dhs.gov.

Resilience Resources