Washington, DC’s Resilience Story

Washington, DC has a unique position as the seat of the U.S. Federal Government, which makes it a prime target for terrorism. The DC region could lose up to $100 billion in private sector profits and 1.2 million jobs in the 3 years following a large terrorist attack. DC plans to address this challenge by developing stronger relationships with adjacent municipalities and the Federal Government, fostering preparedness of infrastructure and businesses, and nourishing adequate social capital in local communities.

DC is also confronting various forms of inequality that threaten to undermine the city’s long-term financial and social stability, including inequalities in income, educational attainment, social capital, health outcomes, and exposure to violent crime. These inequalities undermine the city’s ability to respond to shocks such as terrorism, since community members are often the first responders in large scale emergencies.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Economic Inequality
  • Extreme Heat
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Undiversified Economy

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Washington, DC's CRO

Kevin Bush is Washington, DC’s Chief Resilience Officer.

As DC’s first Chief Resilience Officer, Bush leads citywide efforts to build resilience to shocks and stresses and oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy. Bush has extensive experience building coalitions to design and execute award-winning resilience initiatives, including: Rebuild by Design, the National Disaster Resilience Competition, and the Multifamily Better Buildings Challenge. He previously led efforts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan for the impact of climate change. Bush also served on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has also been both a Presidential Management Fellow and City of Chicago Mayoral Fellow. Bush is a widely recognized expert in urban resilience, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster recovery, affordable housing, and infrastructure. Bush holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Arts in Business from Michigan State University.

Snapshot of Washington, DC

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