Resilient Communities are the Foundations of a Resilient America.

What is Community Resilience?

At its origin, CARRI was considered a leading contributor to the definition and practice of community resilience. Today, CARRI continues to provide  expertise and guidance to practitioners in the thriving field of community resilience.

Resilience is the ability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.

Resilient communities minimize any disaster’s disruption to everyday life and their local economies. Resilient communities are not only prepared to help prevent or minimize the loss or damage to life, property, and the environment, but they also have the ability to quickly return people to work, reopen businesses, and restore other essential services needed for a full and timely economic recovery.

Our approach to resilience is based on a simple economic rationale: communities have a quantifiable level of functional capacity. In a crisis situation, that capacity declines at a rate and to a depth that is largely dependent upon the nature of the disruption, the community’s level of preparedness for that specific disruption, and the rapidity and effectiveness of that response. More importantly, the recovery rate depends on those same factors.

Learn more in the CARRI report: Definitions of Community Resilience: Definitions of Community Resilience