Infrastructure for Resilient Communities: A Dependent Systems Approach

Overlapping human and natural threats increasingly affect interconnected infrastructure systems and the community services they provide. Hazard-mitigation planning in local, state, tribal, and national infrastructure systems does not consider how those disruptions affect the continuity or recovery of key local government and community functions. Comprehensive, economic development, sector, area, and mitigation plans as well as infrastructure project development, design, and maintenance will benefit from systems knowledge and engaged providers. The IRPF provides tools and resources that can be integrated into standard local, regional, or capital-improvement planning processes to enhance infrastructure resilience. It helps communities of all sizes, regions, and infrastructure owners and operators understand critical infrastructure risks, identify resilience opportunities, and inform policy and investment decisions. Support for planners includes guidance, tools, and resources such as infrastructure-dependency questions and a meeting-facilitation guide. An example from Kentucky shows how a regional planning and development district used the IRPF to reduce the cost of repetitive flooding and protect operation of its ports and essential industries. CISA is expanding the IRPF framework to provide more tools and guidance to planners.

Learning Outcomes

  • Name four of the 16 critical national infrastructure sectors and providers, and know how to encourage their engagement in local or regional resiliency planning.
  • Identify three tools to contribute infrastructure resilience considerations in three different types of plans.
  • Identify and choose two community participation or assessment tools and describe how they could be used in two types of plans to incorporate infrastructure systems to enhance resilience.

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