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Resilient Nation Partnership Network

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Our Story

Building a Network

Mobilizing Resilience

Join the Resilient Nation Movement

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) is a unique network of organizations and individuals united to help communities take action and become more resilient. Our mission is to inform, educate, and motivate communities to protect themselves from the loss of life, property, and prosperity as a result of natural hazards.

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Join us for our first Resilience Exchange of the year on Wednesday, February 24. We'll be providing an overview of who we are and what we do  as well as discussing our priorities for the year.

Our Story

It wasn’t long ago the Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) was simply an idea. How do we develop a network that can drive actionable change to build a resilient nation? In 2015, the RNPN was formed to cultivate relationships with non-traditional organizations, bring new voices to the table, and advance the resilience conversation. These continue to be core values of our mission. We seek to enable greater collaboration to increase our collective impact nationwide.

The definition of resilience is broad. It can be challenging to make a concise statement. To classify resilience as a sector is more difficult than ever. What we have learned is that resilience truly has no sector. All organizations and individuals have a stake in creating a more equitable and resilient nation. None of us can do it alone. By placing the success of our partners first and foremost, our network continues to grow. What started as a handful of like-minded individuals has flourished to over 500 organizations. We are always welcoming new voices to join the conversation.

Partner Perspectives

“The RNPN provides a valuable one-stop-shop where we can stay up to date on the important disaster risk reduction work being done across sectors—from non-governmental organizations, to academia, to businesses—and share information about advancements in our own work. Through the network, we’re also able to meet and learn from a diverse group of stakeholders with whom we don’t typically interact, helping us find collaboration opportunities and innovate in ways that improve disaster response and resilience across the country.”
– The Nature Conservancy

"Through the network's collaborative meetings, presentations, and forums, Habitat for Humanity International has formed new partnerships to strengthen our resilient building work across the United States. We are proud to be among this network of peers who share a vision where fewer families are displaced after a disaster and communities can rebound more quickly."
– Habitat for Humanity International

Building a Network

Partners stay in touch year-round through various means of communication and engagement, including:

The Partnership Forum

The Partnership Forum is hosted by FEMA, and a partner organization each year. This event provides opportunities for partners to engage with other industry peers, opportunities to network, and to identify actionable future partnerships around a priority topic.

2020 “Alliances for Equity” Virtual Forum Series

Every Wednesday in October, the RNPN hosted the “Alliances for Equity” Virtual Forum series in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Throughout the month, 33 speakers representing 28 organizations discussed current challenges and actions to build a more equitable and resilient future. Recordings of each session are available on FEMA’s YouTube channel.

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Past Forums include:

  • Resilient Together | Co-host: The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
  • Innovation in Resilience | Co-host: The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • The Future of Resilience | Co-host: The American Institute of Architects
  • Inaugural Forum | Co-host: National Building Museum

Quarterly Calls

The RNPN hosts Quarterly Calls which focus on a specific topic or theme. They feature a variety of speakers to reflect diverse perspectives. On previous calls, topics such as coastal resilience, insurance, and resilience and marginalized populations have been introduced.  

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Representatives from the RNPN, National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, and state Rep. Gregg Takayama of Hawaii discussed Advancing State Resilience While Adapting to Fiscal and Capacity Constraints.

Resilient Nation Partnership Network September 2020 Quarterly Graphic encompassing information on the discussion advancing state resilience while adapting to fiscal and capacity constraints.

The Resilience Exchange

These learning sessions are usually held at least once a month and in 2020 have primarily been in a virtual, online setting. They provide a platform for partners to go in depth on a subject or topic, and share knowledge with others in the Resilient National Partnership Network. Past presenters include:

  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Mississippi River Communities and Towns Initiative
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • International Code Council
  • DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
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The Resilient Nation Roundup Newsletter

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Sign up to receive monthly publications from the Resilient Nation Roundup newsletter. Partnering organizations may submit updates, announcements, and links for submission.

Links to the most recent issues can be found here:

Mobilizing Resilience

The RNPN is founded on community and knowledge sharing. Partners receive access to a wide network of professionals in the resilience field. We collaborate to share information, data, tools, training, and speaking opportunities. The RNPN fosters opportunities for an open dialogue with peers and thought leaders or industry peers. It helps connect partners to fuel action at the national, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels and includes a range of private sector and nonprofit agencies and organizations. Examples of actionable changes through RNPN collaboration efforts include:

Expanding Thought Leadership

Due to the wide breadth of expertise represented, partners often leverage the RNPN to identify thought leaders, influencers and subject matter experts for various events.

In June 2020, leaders from Texas A&M University, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the Bill Anderson Fund were introduced to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and invited to lead important conversations around inequities in disaster preparedness and response.

“Through its vast network of partners, the Resilient Nation Partnership Network was able to collaborate with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation by lining up thought leaders to participate at its esteemed Building Resilience through Private-Public Partnerships Conference. Through the coordination of both the U.S. Chamber Foundation and the RNPN, four esteemed and expert voices representing three diverse sectors were brought to the table, adding tremendous value to this important dialogue.” – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Community Engagement to Bring Resilience into Everyday Life

“Big Build” Community Day: The RNPN developed an interactive exhibit for the National Building Museum’s Big Build Community Day in October 2019. We engaged children and families about resilience and flood risk. A member of the RNPN since 2015, the National Building Museum hosts the annual fall event to introduce youth to a wide range of building skills, including planning, design, architecture, and construction.

A member of the FEMA Building Science team uses a flood table to demonstrate the effects of flooding to young attendees at the National Building Museum’s Big Build Community Day.
A member of the FEMA Building Science team engages youth on flood risk and mitigation during the Big Build Community Day at the National Building Museum in October 2019.

Strengthening Local Capacity

In 2018, FEMA’s Region 3 team helped establish the Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition. This effort helped community members understand mapping updates and changes to flood risk. This local working group excelled due to participatioin from local organizations and the support of RNPN partners. This locally based group established its core membership base, convened local expertise, built credibility with the community, and expanded awareness of flood risk. The Coalition was essential in increasing community-wide awareness and participation at public meetings and Open Houses at the end of 2019 and early 2020.

The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition discusses local flood risks with members of the community at a local event in Lackawanna County, PA.
The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition engages members of the community at a local event.

Join the Resilient Nation Movement

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Interested in joining or learning more? The RNPN is an opt-in, peer-to-peer network founded on leveraging knowledge to advance action. We don’t have a formal agreement with our partners. All we ask for is your participation, motivation, and collaboration. Working together in collective way and harnessing the power of many is more impactful than acting alone.

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