Under the Readiness for Resilience project, the BCSE is working with communities and partners in Texas and Puerto Rico to assist local governments to rebuild in a more resilient way after the 2017 devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Sponsored by Qualcomm Incorporated, the project brings together a consortium of BCSE, Smart Cities Council, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
A core element of the project is to foster public-private partnerships to leverage government funding through FEMA and HUD for both pre- and post-disaster mitigation and recovery work. The partners held discovery workshops in Puerto Rico and Texas in late 2018. Additional detail on the project is available here.
This week, two workshops on building long-term community resilience through the Smart Technology Roadmap for Texas, will be held on July 9 in Houston, TX and on July 11 in Aransas, TX. These workshops will convene community leaders, stakeholders, and technology partners to discuss regional project directions, partnerships and funding opportunities as we work together to build a more resilient Texas. Additional information on the workshops are available here.
To help elaborate on the importance of the energy sector to resilient infrastructure, the BCSE has prepared a set of principles that can serve as additional background information for the “Readiness for Resilience Project, and compiled a collection of case studies to demonstrate resilience in action.