Kentucky Resilience


HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)

Humans are not born with resilience—we learn it, adapt it, and improve upon it.  The same is true for organizations, systems and societies.


Kentucky is an eligible applicant for the NDRC initiative introduced by HUD in 2014.  Approximately $820 million is available for eligible applicants through Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.

From 2011 – 2013, the Commonwealth endured 3 presidentially declared disasters (FEMA DR 1976, 4008, and 4057) resulting in damages to infrastructure and housing that impacted vulnerable populations.  In fact, Kentucky is especially vulnerable to flooding and numerous declared disasters are severe storm and flood –related.  Rebuilding efforts from disasters has been partially successful but unmet needs still remain.

The NDRC creates a unique opportunity for Kentucky partners to collaborate across various disciplines to enhance the resilience of the Commonwealth.  The goal for the HUD initiative is not only to provide technical assistance and capacity building in support of developing NDRC projects, but also to grow resilience planning capacity in leaders and governments across the country to help communities better understand the innovation, broad commitment, and multi-faceted approach that is required to build a more resilient future.

Kentucky Partners

Resilience can take many forms, ranging from economic to societal to environmental.  Many efforts to enhance the resilience of the Commonwealth are currently underway.  The Kentucky focus for the NDRC will be to enhance the overall economic and disaster resilience of the Commonwealth by leveraging efforts from:

  • Council for Community Recovery and Resilience (CCRR)
  • Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS)
  • Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Other applicable initiatives

This collaborative approach shows partnerships are key to the associated efforts for building a more resilient Commonwealth.   The Commonwealth’s goal is to engage a wide variety of stakeholders that will shape a holistic vision for resiliency.  Please complete the short questionnaire that will serve to help the Commonwealth better understand statewide needs, shortfalls and opportunities.

Link to the Kentucky Resilience Briefing for more information.





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