Community Resilience

Preparing for and Recovering From Emergencies

Community Resilience focuses on enhancing the day-to-day health and wellbeing of communities to reduce harm from disasters. Communities are increasingly complex, and so are the challenges they face. Human-caused and natural disasters are more frequent and costly. Factors like climate change can bring disaster related risks to greater numbers of people. Addressing these threats calls for an approach that combines what we know about preparing for disasters with actions that strengthen communities every day.

Capability 1: Community Preparedness       

  • Defines at-risk individuals as people with access and functional needs that may disproportionately impacted by an incident, and provides parameters to identify those               populations
  • Highlights Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in jurisdictional public health preparedness and response plans
  • Accentuates the importance of community partnerships, including tribes and native-serving organizations in public health preparedness and response activities
  • Promotes integration of community partners to support restoration of community networks and social connectedness to improve community resilience

Capability 2: Community Recovery

  • Highlights the need to define the jurisdictional public health agency recovery lead and support role
  • Supports the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF)
  • Promotes integration of community partners to support community recovery and restoration
  • Emphasizes engagement of community partners to access hard-to-reach populations to ensure inclusive communications that meet the needs of the whole community

Public Health in Action: Impact Statement: Nashville Metro Public Health Department Investigates Hepatitis A Outbreak