About the Panel

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The mission of the Panel was to reduce barriers to achieving community resilience by promoting collaboration among stakeholders to strengthen the resilience of buildings, infrastructure, and social systems upon which communities rely. The Panel considered the adequacy of standards, guidelines, best practices and other tools and recommended, developed, and worked with others to make improvements in community resilience.


  • Engaged and connected community and cross-sector stakeholders by creating a process to encourage and support community resilience that focused on buildings and infrastructure.
  • Identified policy and standards-related gaps and impediments to community resilience.
  • Raised awareness of sector dependencies and cascading effects of disasters.
  • Identified or developed consistent definitions and metrics relating to resilience for use across sectors.
  • Contributed to community resilience guidance documents.
  • Reduced barriers to achieving community resilience.
  • Developed and maintained a Resilience Knowledge Base (RKB).


In addition to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), co-sponsors included the:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also participated in the Panel by providing a liaison to the Panel on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Panel was driven by its members, and co-sponsors only served as ex-officio members of the Coordinating Committee.


The Panel had five face-to-face meetings: