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Upcoming Event on May 4th: Community Resiliency Planning Workshop

The Sustainability Committee of the local chapter of the American Public Works Association is hosting a workshop on community resilience planning at their annual conference in Fredericksburg on May 4. The half day workshop format is a break from the typical sessions with technical presentations and will give attendees a chance to fill out a workbook so they can take away a draft plan for their community!

The workshop is based on the 2016 Community Resilience Planning Guide from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST definition of community resilience is the ability of a community to

  • prepare for anticipated hazards,

  • adapt to changing conditions, and

  • withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.

I will be moderating the workshop delivered by Maureen Roskoski (Facility Engineering Associates) and Nancy McNabb (The Continuity Project). Mat Heyman (NIST) will be in attendance to answer questions.

Don’t forget… resilience is a cross-disciplinary issue! Professionals from public works and utilities, planning, emergency, risk or floodplain management, engineering, operations,

and other relevant fields are all responsible for community-wide solutions.

If you have questions on resilience planning or resources, contact me at

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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