Stephen Cauffman: NIST to Lead Nationwide Disaster Resilience Framework Collaboration

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Stephen Cauffman

Stephen Cauffman, lead for disaster resilience at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says a new nationwide initiative led by NIST aims to provide local communities with tools to develop plans for disaster mitigation and recovery.

Through the White’s Climate Action Plan, NIST hopes to develop a disaster resilience framework centered on buildings and infrastructure systems through collaboration with potential stakeholders, Cauffman wrote Tuesday on the Commerce Department blog.

“By working with communities through its Disaster Resilience Program, NIST hopes to reduce the uncertainty and dangers they face from disasters and to help them plan for faster recovery,” he said.

According to Cauffman, the framework would address performance goals, current resilience-related standards and codes and capability gaps in order to minimize impacts of disasters to people and property and expedite recovery in the aftermath of such disasters.

NIST will hold workshops Wednesday in New Jersey and Oct. 27 and 28 in Oklahoma to solicit ideas from potential partners such as government officials, trade associations, researchers, insurers and utility owners.

The final draft of the framework is scheduled for release by spring 2015 before NIST and the Disaster Resilience Standards Panel establish model resilience guidelines, with support from a future Community Resilience Center of Excellence to be funded by NIST.

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