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Resilience is a complex topic. Regardless of your level of resilience expertise, there are a lot of training and technical assistance resources available to AmeriCorps VISTA projects. This page will help empower you to access and use them.

The VISTA campus includes descriptions and links for a set of curated resilience resources relevant to Resilience AmeriCorps projects and other AmeriCorps VISTA work. You can also download the entire list of curated resources HERE. Here is a taste of what is available:

You can search for these resources using the regular search bar in the top right corner of all VISTA Campus webpages. Type in any keyword relevant to your project topic or the task you’re trying to complete, or use one or more of the following tags:

Find resources related to a specific type of resilience challenge or solution by using one of these tags/keywords:

Find resources to help you develop a particular resilience-building skill by using one of these tags/keywords:

Find resources related to a specific low-income population by using one of these tags/keywords:

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out a comprehensive federal resilience resource portal.

More information on how resilience resources can help your VISTA service

Are you wondering how resilience resources relate to your VISTA service? Here are examples of resources that can help you carry out activities you may be conducting in your service community:

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration: Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings is a free, in-person training led by an instructor from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Education and Communication: "Risk Communication Best Practices" is a tip sheet that teaches you about best practices and techniques that can be readily applied to all risk communication efforts.
  • Building Capacity: Portals have variety of capacity-building resources such as grants and technical assistance opportunities. For example, this process for states, localities, and tribes to get technical assistance on energy projects from staff at the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Understanding and Assessing Risks, Hazards, Vulnerabilities, and Assets: Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) is a methodology from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) that guides communities and local health officials in conducting community-based environmental health assessments.
  • Community Planning: Being Prepared for Climate Change is a workbook from the U.S. EPA that guides communities in developing risk-based action plans.
Agency Acronyms



Resilience Expertise


Bureau of Indian Affairs

Tribal Communities


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Corporation for National and Community Service

National Service


Department of Energy

Energy, Infrastructure


Department of Transportation

Transit, Infrastructure


Economic Development Agency

Economic Opportunity, Community Planning


Environmental Protection Agency

Natural Resources, Health


Federal Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Preparedness


Federal Highway Administration

Transit, Infrastructure


Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing, Infrastructure, Community Planning


National Institute of Standards and Technology

Infrastructure, Community Planning


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Extreme Weather, Natural Hazards, Natural Resources, Coastal Communities, Community Planning


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hunger, Natural Resources


United States Geological Survey

Natural Hazards, Natural Resources

Technical Assistance Contacts (as of April 2017)




Climate Resilience Professional Opportunities

Beth Gibbons, Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)


Tribal Resilience

Rachael Novak, Bureau of Indian Affairs Climate Science Coordinator


Extreme Events Game

Keri Stoever


NOAA Digital Coast

Josh Murphy, NOAA Office of Coastal Management


Climate Resilience Toolkit

Edward Gardiner, NOAA Climate Program Office


Resilience Measurement

Sandy Eslinger, NOAA Office of Coastal Management


Resilience Dialogues

Melissa Goodwin, Resilience Dialogues Coordinator for Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union


Infrastructure and Community Resilience

Stephen Cauffman, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Housing and Homelessness

Kevin Bush, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



Krystal Laymon, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy