CARRI initiative works for federal-led resiliency
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May 20 '08: The Community and Regional Resilience Initiative (CARRI) is a federally-funded program under the Southeast Region Research Initiative and led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory which seeks to build partnerships among stakeholders to increase resiliency in all sectors so that in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, a community will have the necessary means to respond and recover quickly. Currently, CARRI organizers have worked with three communities in the Southeast to "enrich the knowledge bases available to other communities," according to Corporate Research Fellow Thomas J. Wilbanks from Oak Ridge.
Wilbanks said in the Natural Hazards Observer, published by the University of Colorado (previously cited link) that CARRI's partnerships with the three communities of Memphis, Gulf Port, Louisiana and Charleston, South Carolina focused "natural hazards into a larger context of other threats to resilience, from possible economic downturns to possible exposures to epidemics and terrorist events.""The knowledge gained from these three intense local experiences about resilience and how to achieve it will enrich the knowledge bases available to other communities as they set out on similar paths. One example may be potentials for innovative private-public sector partnerships. Another may be potentials for emerging information technologies to reshape information exchanges about risks and emergency situations," Wilbanks said. National Blueprint Tags: Citizen & Community P3.
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