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Disaster Resilience

NREL works directly with federal agencies, emergency managers, community leaders, and home and business owners to deliver technologies, tools, and long-term energy solutions for each phase of disaster resiliency planning. Our comprehensive energy solutions address the full spectrum of multi-jurisdictional resilience planning—before and after disaster strikes.

Becoming Resilient

NREL defines resilience as the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions through adaptable and holistic planning and technical solutions.

NREL's resiliency program offers a broad range of services, including whole-community energy planning, on-site technical assistance, energy-efficiency design and rebuilding strategies, and expert guidance in building a roadmap to resilience for communities preparing for natural disasters and other potential threats.

A graphic titled Disaster Planning and Recovery Technical Assistance: Reliable Third-Party Expertise in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.   Two boxes follow: one with the heading Preparedness and Planning and bullets underneath  that say: NREL advises on how to: Improve resistance and resiliency (microgrids, building efficiency, islanding capabilities, etc.). Plan for secure, sustainable, and safe communities. Establish policies ad codes that support sustainability, security, and safety. The other box has the heading Recovery and Rebuilding and bullets under it reads: NREL identifies opportunities to: Deploy on-site technology demonstration (e.g., emergency backup power). Incorporate energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy measures into disaster recovery efforts. Design sustainable, resilient buildings.

Preparedness and Planning

Learn more about how NREL helps private industry; federal, state, and local governments; tribes; nonprofit organizations; and communities assess and plan for regionally specific vulnerabilities and interdependencies associated with the impacts of potential threats.

Recovery and Rebuilding

Learn more about how NREL works with city leaders, business owners, and residents to identify ways to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in communities recovering from natural disasters.

International Support

NREL also provides technical assistance to support international communities, such as American Samoa and Haiti, with incorporating clean energy into disaster resiliency and recovery planning.

Working with NREL

To find out how we can assist your organization with incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy into disaster resiliency and recovery planning, contact Eliza Hotchkiss.