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Adapting to Realities: Securing Our Future Now

To move beyond COVID-19 and persistent weather-related threats, government and industry must work together to strengthen our economic, health, and security wellbeing. This ‘Call to Action’ is non-negotiable. DHS Science & Technology and the Insurance Information Institute’s Resilience Accelerator are partnering with state, local and industry leaders to develop solutions so communities can mitigate risks and respond to compounding pressures of hurricanes, wildfires, and floods. Preparing for the ‘Next Normal’ requires understanding of how technologies can inform risk-based decision making in areas of neighborhood health monitoring, supply chains, residential and commercial infrastructure optimization, disaster preparedness and information sharing across public health and public safety.

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  1. Apply public-private partnerships to adapt to new realities and accelerate solutions in advance of the natural and man-made national crisis.
  2. Educate community leaders on how data science, automation, and mobility, are enhancing resilience and securing life-line systems and networks.
  3. Compete globally by deploying new tools and policies that incentivize collaboration among government, industry, foundations, and innovators.



Jaimi Welch, Events And Communications Specialist, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

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