Recommendations from NHMA

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The Community Resilience Handbook
Edited by George B. Huff, Jr., Edward A. Thomas, and Nancy McNabb.

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Title:                     “The Community Resilience Handbook”
Publisher:             ABA Publishing, Law Practice Division
Pages:                  470
Product Code:      5330251
ISBN:                    9781641057387
Size:                     6 x 9
Binding:                Paperback, eBook
Price:                   $79.95 List; $71.95 Members
Orders:                800-285-2221 or

Chapters present perspectives on:
     · Recommended approaches and resources
     · Resilient infrastructure
     · Avoiding legal challenges to higher standards for development and redevelopment
     · Organizational resilience and business continuity
     · Resilient agriculture and environmental considerations
     · Financial considerations
     · Measuring and assessing risk
     · The role of lawyers in promoting resilience
     · Government leadership in promoting resilience
     · Collaboration and building a culture of continuity
     · International standards on resilience

CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2020 — Just published by the American Bar Association Law Practice Division, “The Community Resilience Handbook” is a guide for lawyers, municipal officials, and other stakeholders seeking to build and strengthen resilient communities. It presents theoretical frameworks and practical tools to help communities better withstand and more quickly recover from disruptive events like natural disasters.

Community resilience requires collaboration across many sectors and professions, and this book’s interdisciplinary authorship reflects that collaboration. Editors George B. Huff, Jr., Edward A. Thomas, and Nancy McNabb solicited contributions from legal professionals, architects, academics, engineers, business continuity professionals, and others, to provide a deeply nuanced view of resilience in one volume.

Book editors Huff, Thomas and McNabb are noted industry leaders. Huff is senior business continuity manager at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). In 2019, he was recognized as a fellow of the Business Continuity Institute. Thomas is president emeritus of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. He is an elected fellow of the ABA Foundation, a member of the ABA Disaster Response and Preparedness Committee, and chair of the ABA State and Local Government Law Section’s Resilience Task Force. And McNabb is secretary of the Board of the National Institute of Building Science Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council and former manager of Building and Fire Codes and Standards of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Resilience Matters – Strengthening Communities in an Era of Upheaval. Edited by Laurie Mazur

    • Ebook:188 pages
    • Publisher: Island Press (2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN: 978-1-64283-065-1

This 188 page Ebook issued by Island Press may be downloaded at no charge:

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The Ostrich Paradox; Why We Underprepare for Disasters. By Robert Meyer and Howard Kunreuther

    • Paperback:132 pages
    • Publisher:Wharton Digital Press (February 7, 2017)
    • Language:English
    • ISBN-10:1613630808
    • ISBN-13:978-1613630808

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Resilience The Ultimate Sustainability  (Lessons from Failing to Develop a Stronger and Safer Built Environment) Second Edition (2016)

  • Author: Aris Papadopoulos
  • Publisher, Resilience Action Fund
  • Language: English
  • ISBN #978-0-9861816-1-0
  • IeBook – $10
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Cassandra's Curse cover imageSpecial Issue Cassandra’s Curse: The Law and Foreseeable Future Disasters (Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Volume 68) edited by Surat, Austin; Burton, Lloyd and Sun, Lisa; Emerald Group Publishing Limited (2015)

  • Series: Studies in Law Politics and Society (Book 68)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited; Special edition (October 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785602993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785602993


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While climate change is a global problem, its effects are—and increasingly will be—felt locally in communities across the United States and around the globe. Just as federal- and state-level action on climate change is required, cities also play a critical role in mitigating climate change and helping society prepare for those impacts that it is too late to prevent.
Given this important role of cities, the Kresge Environment Program has focused its efforts to help communities build their resilience in the face of climate change.



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What constitutes strengthening resilience through equitable adaptation planning? How do we assess the context comprehensively so that effective methods are designed? To be able to declare that community resilience has been achieved, we must develop systems that address the needs and provide protection for those most vulnerable and marginalized.



Natural Hazard Mitigation
Focusing on hazard mitigation from a practical perspective, this book provides guidance on the implementation and selection of hazard mitigation projects.
The NHMA contributors include:
NHMA Board President – Ed Thomas
NHMA Treasurer – Rev. Dick Krajeski
NHMA Founding Board Member – Dr. Kris Peterson
NHMA Board Member  – Bob Anderson
Former Board Member – Jerry V. Graves
NHMA Member – Dr. Monica FarrisNHMA Member – Erin Patton
NHMA Member – Maggie Olivier
NHMA Member – French Wetmore
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Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow

When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to “natural disasters” or “acts of God.” But what if they’re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves?

Kindle Version:Catastrophe-in-the Making-amazonCatastrophe in the Making, the first book to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a “perfect storm,” but a tragedy of our own making—and one that could become commonplace.[Kindle Edition]

Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change

About the Author Donald Watson, FAIA,
an architect and planner, is former chair of the Yale School of Architecture Environmental Design Program, and former professor and dean of the School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received the 2002 ACSA Distinguished Professor Award and the 2005 AARC Haecker Leadership Award for Architectural Research.