Resilience Framework

BoCo Strong’s Resilience Assessment was released last year and has formed the basis for the programming at this year’s Resilience Summit. So as a first refresher, here are the 6 key elements of the resilience framework that was created and used for the Assessment.


In resilient communities community members are involved, have the information and tools needed to make informed decisions, are connected to one another, and are connected to decision makers. Changing hazards are understood, are clearly communicated to residents, and are addressed in local plans and policies. Tools such as land use, building codes, comprehensive emergency management and hazard mitigation work in concert and reinforce mutual goals. Government is coordinated across departments and scales and easily accessible to residents.


The economic system is resilient when there is a diversified base of industries not overly reliant on any one sector of the economy, when capital is readily accessible, when the workforce is healthy, well trained and mobile, when businesses have continuity plans, and when businesses and markets can maintain function and absorb and rebound from stress or shock quickly.


Resilient ecosystems can withstand disturbances over time while retaining their structure, function and support services. They work in harmony with communities, protecting infrastructure and providing economic benefit, while also providing recreational opportunities and supporting human health.



Health and Social

Health and social resiliency means social cohesion, high quality of life, and healthy lifestyles are actively fostered. The criminal and civil justice systems are accessible, effective and equitable. There is access to preventative, physical and mental health care, health and social service programs are tailored to specific population needs, and extremes in social inequity are minimized. Federal, state, non-profit, and private organizations work together in a coordinated fashion.


Resilient housing is diverse, available at a wide range of affordability levels, and able to meet the varying needs of resident at different points in life. Housing is located out of high-risk areas, uses durable materials, and is designed to be safe, secure, and limit the impact of natural disasters. Housing developments and neighborhoods include access to community resources and are connected to labor markets. Core city service providers have access to housing within or easily connected via a diversity of robust, affordable, accessible transportation options to the communities in which they work.


Resilient infrastructure is designed to maintain critical services such as communications, evacuation routes, power, water and medical care during sudden shocks, including man-made threats, accidents, and extreme weather events. It incorporates redundancy and back-ups as needed to minimize disruptions. When resilient infrastructure fails, it fails safely in ways that minimize cascading failures (e.g. the water supply goes down because power to the potable water treatment plant goes down) and support rapid recovery. Resilient infrastructure is also designed to support strong quality of life, sustainable livelihoods, and successful economic activities on a day-to-day basis. It delivers the services needed, services are integrated for smooth, efficient operation, and access to those services is equitable.