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Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private IncentivizationThe Community Resilience Committee researches, reviews and recommends approaches to achieving resilience in the communities in the U.S. As a major accomplishment the Committee in conjunction with the Institute’s Council for Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE), has issued the report Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization.

Resilience has come to occupy a place in public policy and programs across the United States. Yet, even in the face of growing losses and the deleterious effects of natural disasters, the nation’s capacity and appetite is waning for continued funding of federal and state pre- and post-disaster mitigation efforts to create resilience. A new approach is necessary—one focused on capturing all of the potential incentives provided by both the public and private sectors for pre- and post-hazard investment. The most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is through a holistic and integrated set of public, private, and hybrid programs based on capturing opportunities available through mortgages and loans; insurance; finance; tax incentives and credits; grants; regulations; and enhanced building codes and their application. This focus on

private/public-sector opportunities to induce corrective action is called “incentivization.”

As a follow-on to the report, MMC with CFIRE is proposing to conduct a Phase 1 study with volunteer stakeholders to develop an incentivization model that can be implemented nationwide to support resilience. Phase 2 will consist of a hands-on pilot study in a selected state and one or more communities.

Mitigation Saves Version 2.0 Committee is a group of subject matter experts, who are planning a new version of Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities (see below for more information) based on private sector investments. From 2000 to 2005, the MMC, commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted a Congressionally mandated independent study that demonstrated that for every public dollar spent on mitigation, society saves $4. The completed study was delivered to Congress.  Mitigation Saves is the most often-quoted work on mitigation.

The documents below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

References and Glossary

An even stronger case can be made if private-sector investments are included, but the magnitude of these benefits as well as their costs, have yet to be quantified. MMC proposes to study the cost-effectiveness of private-sector mitigation to inform private-sector mitigation decision-making in addition to updating the original study.  This effort is addressed in seven modules:

  1. Overall framework and integration
  2. Enhanced flood, wind, seismic and wildfire design requirements
  3. Retrofit of existing facilities
  4. Business continuity planning
  5. Utility and transportation infrastructure mitigation programs
  6. A. Public-sector mitigation grants and loans
    Non-grant public-sector mitigation

The experts presented a Special Session — Ten Years after "Mitigation Saves": An Examination of the Value of Private-Sector Investment in Mitigation on January 9, 2016, as part of Building Innovation 2015: The National Institute of Building Sciences Third Annual Conference and Expo.. To view the session presentations go to [link].

The Communications Committee is responsible for developing and delivering educational and other related products that support the mission of the Council. Currently, the Committee is engaged in the following activities:

  • Conducting monthly webinars to address social considerations; governance, including building codes and zoning ordinances; the built environment; hazard and risk assessment and economics. Past and upcoming webinars.
  • Maintaining an online Clearinghouse for dynamic accessibility to mitigation related literature on the Institute’s WBDG Whole Building Design Guide website. The Clearinghouse centralizes mitigation related research, thereby providing a body of knowledge that can be easily accessed, assessed, and integrated into further research and decision making processes.
  • Managing development of hazards related content for issues of the bi-monthly Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS).

Under the Public Expectations Subcommittee, MMC contributed to conducting a survey to solicit information from the general public and local officials regarding what they want from the building code in terms of seismic performance for new, code-compliant buildings.  A journal article developed as part of that study can be found at [link].

The Symposium Committee consists of members of the MMC who coordinate the logistics associated with an annual symposium, including selecting topics, speakers, and securing sponsors. The symposium is held during the Building Innovation Conference - the Institute's Annual Conference. To view plans for the upcoming symposium in January, and for presentations from past MMC symposiums go to [provide link to the Event Page] 

To find out more about serving on one or more subcommittees, please see the contact information.

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