Resilient Communities are the Foundations of a Resilient America.

Success Stories

These papers, crafted and collected by CARRI, share stories from actual community experiences to help teach users of CARRI’s Community Resilience System (CRS) about the fundamental characteristics of community resilience.

Strong Partnerships for Stronger Community Resilience -November 2013

In this report, you will learn how different types of partnerships – formal and informal – contributed to community resilience. Harrison County, Mississippi gave non-profit and faith based organizations a seat at the table for emergency planning and response after recognizing their invaluable contributions during Hurricane Katrina. Also in the wake of Katrina, PPS Plus Software realized that having an established relationship with a local bank could increase the company’s ability to provide software support to its customers during an emergency. Harris County, Texas benefited from its long-term relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who provided access to economic and risk assessment data for the County’s evaluation of flood risk. New York City researchers worked in partnership to provide government officials with data to better understand how to mitigate or reduce the potential for risks in the event of an earthquake. U.S. Navy’s Naval Construction Battalion Center’s 50-year history with community members in the Mississippi Gulf Coast allowed for the community’s fuel supply to be quickly re-established after Hurricane Katrina. In the Charleston/Tri-County Area, a competitive health care system coordinated on increasing resilience and the health care sector’s ability to respond to a disaster. In Bartlett, Tennessee, a small business suffering from a devastating fire received help from the local chamber of commerce.

The Importance of Effective Community Engagement -October 2013

In this report, you will read about how Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s efforts to engage the community in developing a shared community vision later enabled the community to quickly come together to respond to a devastating flood. You will learn how a disastrous tornado in Greensburg, Kansas led the community to join hands in building a new path for the future. In addition, prompted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill, find out how a citizen-led effort in Alabama engaged hundreds of leaders in outlining strategies for making southern Alabama more resilient to future catastrophes. You will also learn how Shelby County, Tennessee solicited citizen input to help identify and fulfill community needs in order to improve the community’s resilience to potential threats and how community members in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, conducted initial land assessments to determine where to move the town to higher ground in an energy-efficient way to avoid future flood damage. Learn how Hillsboro, Oregon reached out to over 1,500 citizens to produce a community vision and action plan and continues to involve the community in revising the plan every five years. Finally, learn how Boulder, Colorado launched the Boulder County Healthy Communities Initiative, which engaged community leaders, stakeholders, and the public to identify core community values and goals.

Boosting Economic Resilience -September 2013

In this report, you will read several short stories that share a common theme of economic resilience.