Overarching Guidelines for Successful Resilience-Focused Private–Public Collaboration

These guidelines can be used in concert with the committee’s conceptual model for resilience-focused private–public sector collaboration (Figure S.1) that shows the relationship between collaborative elements and outcomes.

  1. Pursue community-level private–public sector collaboration as a fundamental component of community resilience in general and disaster resilience in particular. Resilience-focused private–public collaboration ideally will:

    1. Integrate with broader capacity-building efforts within the community and include all community actors.

    2. Emphasize principles of comprehensive emergency management allowing preparation for all hazards and all phases of the disaster cycle to drive goals and activities.

    3. Function as a system of horizontal networks at the community level, coordinating with higher government and organizational levels.

    4. Develop flexible, evolving entities and establish processes to set goals, conduct continuing self-assessment, meet new challenges, and ensure sustainability.

    5. Institutionalize as a neutral, nonpartisan entity with dedicated staff.

  1. Build capacity through communication and training programs for those engaged in private–public collaboration and for the broader community. Resilience-focused private–public collaboration ideally will:

    1. Incorporate capacity building into collaboration from the onset.

    2. Target educational campaigns toward crisis mitigation with goals of community readiness, continuity planning, trust building, risk reduction, and shortened recovery time.

    3. Encourage all organizations in the private and public sectors to commit to organizational resilience through business-continuity measures.

    4. Partner with educational institutions in developing educational campaigns and disseminating information.

    5. Institutionalize the practice of embedding research into resilience-focused private–public sector collaboration by building research directly into existing and future collaborative efforts.

  1. Respect well-informed, locally determined all-hazards preparedness and resilience priorities.

  2. Develop funding and resource allocation strategies that are flexible in administration.

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