We must utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure can withstand or quickly recover from natural or man-made hazards.
Advancements in resilience across all infrastructure sectors can be made by:
- Enabling communities, regardless of size, to develop and institute their own a resilience pathway for all their infrastructure portfolios by streamlining asset management, implementing life cycle cost analysis into routine planning processes, and integrating climate change projections into long-term goal-setting and capital improvement plans.
- Incentivizing and enforcing the use of codes and standards, which can mitigate risks of major climate or manmade events such as hurricanes, fires, sea level rise, and more.
- Understanding that our infrastructure is a system of systems and encourage a dynamic, “big picture” perspective that weighs tradeoffs across infrastructure sectors while keeping resilience as the chief goal.
- Prioritizing projects that improve the safety and security and systems and communities, to ensure continued reliability and enhanced resilience.
- Improving land use planning across all levels of decision making to strike a balance between the built and natural environments while meeting community needs, now and into the future.
- Enhancing the resilience of various infrastructure sectors by including or enhancing natural or “green” infrastructure.