Consensus Report

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Although disasters will continue to occur, actions that move the nation toward greater resilience will reduce many of the broad societal and economic burdens that disasters can cause. Enhanced resilience -- the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events -- involves proactive investment in resilience-building measures, including the development of a national "culture of resilience" to reduce the impacts of disasters on the nation and its communities. This report addresses the broad issue of increasing the nation's resilience to disasters by presenting a vision of the characteristics of a resilient nation in the year 2030, as well as several approaches that individuals, communities, organizations, the private sector, and governments can take to achieve that vision.