The University of Arizona

Community Resilience Portal

An essential component to building a resilient nation is preparedness. Prevention of injury, mortality, morbidity, and effective recovery following a Public Health emergency requires that communities are prepared to respond to an event, are engaged in mitigation efforts, and given tools and strategies to promote recovery.

Involving the whole community in preparedness activities builds community resilience (National Preparedness Report 2012). This can be done through activities such as:

  • including community members in planning efforts for known community;
  • equipping community members to respond in the event of a public health emergency; and
  • providing the tools and resources to better recover in the aftermath.

The Community Resilience Portal is a place where community members, like you, can access and contribute resources, strategies, and tools to address important issues in building and strengthening community resiliency and national collaboration.

This portal houses the Community Mitigation Maps (CMMs) developed in 2013-2014 to uncover the reasons why many communities do not engage in mitigation strategies to lessen the impact of disasters. Not engaging in mitigation strategies leads many U.S. communities to not be adequately prepared for public health emergencies and mass casualty events.
Here you can:

  • View the main Community Mitigation Map and each of the four thematic CMMs.
  • Read about the Root Cause Analysis Method used to develop these maps.
  • Find a growing Toolkit that allows community stakeholders to access resources that address the root causes and antecedent conditions (issues and barriers) located on the CMMs.
  • Contribute additional resources for the Toolkit.

These resources and tools will enhance community resilience and allow for the sharing of strategies and best practices to tackle these complex issues and pursue solutions to reduce injury related morbidity and mortality in public health emergencies.


The Community Resilience Portal is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U38-CEOO2351-03, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily  represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.