WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S.-based International Code Council and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) have announced the launch of a program intended to develop new community resilience benchmarks.
The ANCR technical committee will first focus on creating benchmarks for buildings, water and energy, said a Jan. 16 media release.
The ANCR benchmark system will provide communities with a self-assessment tool to assess their cross-sector resilience efforts, said the statement.
Resilience strategies are said to be required to deal with severe changes such as economic shifts and environmental disasters in the wake of recent major storms and fires in California, Florida and Texas.
“Last year was an important one for ANCR and our efforts to bring together public and private organizations in this groundbreaking venture,” said ANCR’s chairman Warren Edwards in the statement.
“We expanded our membership, our board of directors and our funding. We look forward to working with our many partners to give towns and cities across the U.S. a system to improve their preparation efforts for storms, fires and other disasters.”
The ANCR also indicated it needs subject matter experts with experience in the resilience file to fill several volunteer openings on the committee. Specialists in the field are encouraged to submit their resumes to ResilientAlliance@gmail.com by Feb. 1. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.