February 5, 2019

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Councilmember Todd Proposes Establishing DC Office of Resilience

District Would Be First U.S. City To Codify Resilience Office

Washington, DC Today, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced legislation that would legislatively establish an Office of Resilience in the Government of the District of Columbia, making it the first of any U.S. city to do so.

The existing DC Office of Resilience was administratively set up within the Office of the City Administrator in 2017 to build the District’s resilience through the development and implementation of a comprehensive resilience strategy. The District received technical and financial support for this effort as part of its selection to become part of the global 100 Resilient Cities Network. That financial support will lapse in August of this year. Legislatively establishing a DC Office of Resilience would allow for greater funding stability and secure long-term implementation of the resilience strategy. The D.C. Office of Resilience Establishment Act of 2019 was co-introduced by Councilmembers Nadeau, Evans, and Cheh and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Allen and Grosso.

“This legislation would position the District of Columbia as the national leader in the urban resilience movement,” said Councilmember Todd. “Resilience means having a strong capacity to maintain, recover and adapt in the face of stresses and shocks. This includes systemic stresses such as climate change, housing costs, and gun violence, temporary shocks such as government shutdowns, Metro breakdowns, or massive snowstorms, and underlying stresses such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and social inequality.”


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