The Diva recently completed a review of the report “Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative,” issued by the National Academy of Sciences in late 2012. The review is included in the March/April issue of Environment Magazine. Some excerpts:
From an intellectual standpoint, I believe the study findings and recommendations are commendable and credible. The report provides a substantial foundation for the formulation of mandates and funding streams to achieve resilience national. My concerns are practical ones, relating primarily to governance, as discussion in Chapter 7….
I see resilience as paramount going forward. Currently, there are no mandates ( legislative, regulatory, or directive) or funding streams for resilience activities in the main federal agencies responsible for emergency management. It remains to be seen who would be help accountable for efforts to accomplish, measure, document, and evaluate examples when they occur.
Here are the links to the full text versions of reports mentioned above:
- Full text of my review of the NAS report without graphics is located here. To get the illustrations, go to Rubin Review in Environment [Be patient, it is a slow download of 4 pp.]
- Full text of the NAS Resilience Study Report.