Resilient Communities are the Foundations of a Resilient America.

History of CARRI

In 2010 CARRI, formerly housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, began an 18-month effort to build a Community Resilience System (CRS), based on the needs identified by community members during a three-year research initiative in a number of US communities funded by the Department of Homeland Security. Working in partnership with the Meridian Institute, CARRI convened working groups to gather input and advice from general community members, researchers, government officials, and private sector representatives to build the CRS. The final product and report (see the Publications section of this site) summarizes the work of these groups and reflects a strong consensus of thought leaders who saw a greater need for community resilience.

Meridian Institute
In 2011, CARRI was incorporated into Meridian Institute, a not-for-profit organization that helps people solve problems, make informed decisions, and craft solutions to address society’s most complex and controversial issues. That year, FEMA tasked CARRI and Meridian to launch a Community Resilience System (CRS) pilot program with these objectives:

  • Test the Community Resilience System as a means of implementing the Whole Community philosophy and improving community resilience in at least five US communities;
  • Understand community acceptance of the Whole Community philosophy and insights into what is required to implement that philosophy in US communities;
  • Identify programs, processes and tools that best support the community leaders in adopting the Whole Community approach and improving resilience; and
  • Understand how the CRS can be amplified into a nationwide effort to support FEMA’s implementation of the Whole Community approach.