International Resilience Symposium: Understanding Standards for Communities and Built Infrastructure Resilience

This report provides an analysis of information presented at the 2015 International Resilience Symposium held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. One hundred fifteen participants came from 14 countries and included representatives from academia, government, non-profits, and various private sector industries who discussed the development of standards for resilience and incentives to encourage their widespread adoption. Their findings, meant to inform a new, comprehensive NIST framework for disaster resilience, centered upon themes such as devising performance-based benchmarks for resilience, acknowledging the complex contexts-physical and social-in which lifeline infrastructures operate, and overcoming barriers to stimulating the creation and adoption of resilience standards.

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