Resilient Communities are the Foundations of a Resilient America.

What We Do

CARRI believes that a community’s resilience is measured by its sustained ability to prepare for, respond to, and fully bounce back from a variety of crises. The events of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the 2012 wildfires, and the BP oil spill each posed unique challenges and exposed different areas of vulnerability in our communities and in our nation. CARRI strengthens our national resilience by assisting communities in understanding their vulnerabilities, taking positive collective actions to limit the impact of a disruptive crisis, and recovering rapidly from disasters of all kinds

The goal of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) is to strengthen any community or region’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant human caused or natural disasters with minimal downtime to basic community, government, and business services.

CARRI supports communities in their efforts to build resilience and also works with state, regional, and national stakeholders to create incentives and support for community resilience. CARRI collaborated with a wide range of community resilience experts, community leaders, and private sector partners to create the Community Resilience System (CRS). The development of each community’s CRS is imbedded opportunities for community members to work together to increase their individual and collective capacities to respond to adversity with increased resources, competence, and connectedness to one another.

CARRI is housed at the Meridian Institute, a partnership that leverages both organizations’ deep expertise in building collaborative foundations for resilience and stability.