"Resilience was identified in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) Report as one of three foundational elements essential to a comprehensive approach to homeland security; the report also defines Ensuring Resilience to Disasters as one of five missions of the Department. Members of the Community Resilience Task Force (CRTF) view those actions as a prescient prelude to the emerging national resilience imperative. The recent Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness (PPD-8) tasks the Secretary of Homeland Security to lead the charge in enhancing national resilience while also making clear the complex nature of this responsibility, which is shared with diverse stakeholders across the homeland security enterprise. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) clearly has an important role to play in building national resilience, but at its core, the resilience charge is about enabling and mobilizing American communities. The CRTF acknowledges that many relevant activities are already underway, particularly in fostering development of preparedness capabilities, but observes that those activities are rarely linked explicitly to resilience. Thus, the Task Force identified an urgent need for clear articulation of the relationships and dependencies between resilience and other homeland security efforts--particularly preparedness and risk reduction. Clarification of these relationships is crucial both to build shared understanding across diverse stakeholder communities and to motivate action throughout the Nation. A more integrated approach also offers opportunities to identify and leverage synergies across programs, enabling conservation of scarce resources."
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