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Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR)

External Project Site: www.resilientalliance.org/
Related: Sustainability and Resilience

​Currently, there is no practical, common-sense way for communities to assess and understand their strengths and vulnerabilities or gauge their resilience. With no understanding of their resilience, communities have little impetus to undertake the vital but daunting challenge of actively reducing risk. To address this need, Meridian, along with the International Codes Council and the US Resiliency Council, led the formation of the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR). 

ANCR is a formally chartered 501c(3) whose mission is to provide practical, easily understood benchmarks for assessing resilience against which communities may measure themselves and identify their strengths and weaknesses.  The benchmarks will evaluate all aspects of communities’ resilience – the economic, social and built infrastructures which make up the “whole community.” Currently, there are around 30 businesses and NGOs who have joined the Alliance.  Meridian is a founding Board Member and has nominated as its representative, Mr. Warren Edwards, a Meridian Senior Fellow, who serves as Chairman of the Board.  In addition, Meridian provides in-kind expertise on resilience and collaborative development processes to the partnership as well as meeting and other logistical support.


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