Resilience in Your Community

Resilience is our ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Building a culture of resilience is a shared responsibility among citizens, the private sector, and government, and is an important priority as we face the future. Enhanced resilience allows better anticipation of disasters and better planning to reduce disaster losses, rather than waiting for an event to occur and paying for it afterward. Explore resources and activities from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council aimed at improving individual, community, and national resilience. 

Understand how to thrive in the face of adversity with an animation, “Are You Resilient?,” developed by the Koshland Science Museum. Watch a video from the National Resource Council about reducing risk on the East and Gulf Coasts and find out why a strategic national vision is needed to reduce risk from coastal storms and flooding.

In the museum’s multimedia Idea Lab, immerse yourself in games, videos, and puzzles to develop strategies to make your community more resilient. Stay tuned for resilience resources that we will launch online this spring, including an Extreme Event: Hurricane Edition role-playing game and facilitators’ toolkit. Join us in the museum to play the Extreme Event with others and to test the river flooding edition under development in collaboration with the National Research Council’s Resilient America Roundtable.

As part of our commitment to resilience, the museum is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, an initiative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that brings together partners who are committed to building a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events. Spring brings the threat of severe weather across the country, including tornadoes, floods, high winds, and other hazards. Know your risk and take action. Learn more about how to prepare for extreme weather with resources from