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The College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) and the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC) in the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) are engaged in collaborative efforts related to creating and sustaining local communities and regions faced with various threats, including natural hazards and resource constraints, as well as market hazards resulting from public and private actions. The concept of resiliency encompasses the capacity to overcome adversities through a combination of preplanning and post-disaster mitigation, typically based upon the development of community resiliency plans and a network of local stakeholders committed to implementing recovery and sustainability strategies.

The Florida Resilient Communities Initiative (FRCI) offers communities the technical and capacity building expertise of the faculty, staff, and students of DCP and IFAS in the built and natural environments and other resources available throughout the University of Florida that are affiliated with the FRCI. In addition, to ensure available professional expertise in local planning, FRCI partners with the Florida Planning and Design Group, a collaborative enterprise of leading Florida-based consultants, on projects amenable to academic expertise.