DHS works with all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens to make our nation more resilient to acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters.
For more information on resilience, including continuity of operations and continuity of government, please visit the resilience page on FEMA.gov.
Foundations of Resilience
The United States officially recognized resilience in national doctrine in the 2017 National Security Strategy, which states that we must enhance our resilience—which includes the ability to withstand and recover rapidly from deliberate attacks, accidents, natural disasters, as well as unconventional stresses, shocks and threats to our economy and democratic system.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also recognized resilience in the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, which established a series of goals and objectives in the areas of critical infrastructure, global movement and supply chain systems, and cyberspace. Further, one of the five QHSR missions is devoted to resilience: Mission 5 – Strengthening National Preparedness and Resilience.
Resilience in Practice
At DHS, operationalizing resilience is a spread-out enterprise. It is mainly bucketed within the rubric of these concepts: