Regional Disaster Resilience: A Guide for Developing an Action Plan

The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP)

American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA
978-0-7844-0880-3 (ISBN-13) | 0-7844-0880-7 (ISBN-10), 2006, PDF

Document Type: Book


Regional Disaster Resilience: A Guide for Developing an Action Plan provides a much-needed strategy to develop the level of preparedness necessary for communities to adequately deal with major disasters in today's complex and interdependent world. The guide is meant for use by government, private-sector, and other organizations with specific missions or vested interests in assuring that the regions in which they reside can withstand the effects of multihazards and respond and recover rapidly when disasters strike.

The guide provides key definitions and a set of common assumptions that underpin regional disaster resilience. Using a simple, practical how-to approach, the guide lists 12 categories of typical needs gleaned from lessons learned from previous disasters?natural and man-made. The guide recommends short-term, medium-term, and long-term activities to address these respective shortfalls. A website devoted to best practices/solutions and related resources mapped to the recommended activities in the guide is under development at The aim is to provide users of the guide with the ability to examine and customize approaches, tools, and technologies already developed to foster standardization across interdependent infrastructures and regions and to avoid reinventing the wheel. The guide will be updated as needed to reflect new information on needs, activities, and solutions.

Subject Headings: Disaster preparedness | Infrastructure resilience | Urban and regional development | Man-made disasters | Disaster recovery | Underpinning | Terminology and definition


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