Boston is an important cultural and economic center rich with United States history. While much of the city has prospered, certain neighborhoods, especially minority communities, have been left behind. Lack of affordable housing, fewer educational opportunities, and less preparation for good jobs threaten to divide the city further along racial and economic lines. The city has launched new programs to increase access to jobs, including training and related services, in order to help disadvantaged communities move into growing industries and promote equity throughout the city.

Boston’s response to the Marathon bombing in 2013 demonstrated a well-integrated emergency response system. However, officials recognize the need for greater integration across city systems. In addition, Boston needs to develop plans to respond to flooding and the impacts of sea level rise. Several essential civic and transportation hubs, including Logan International Airport, are located in flood-sensitive zones.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Blizzard
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Cyber Attack
  • Economic Inequality
  • Ethnic Inequality
  • Extreme Heat
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms
  • Storm Surge
  • Structural Racism
  • Terrorist Attack

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Boston's CRO

Atyia Martin comes to the position of Boston’s first Chief Resilience Officer after four years as the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Health Commission. In that role, she provided strategic direction for Boston public health and healthcare resilience, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts, while obtaining and managing large grants to develop new strategic and work planning process, programs, partnerships and operating procedures. Martin also led a team to coordinate the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, trauma services to support response and resilience to psychological trauma, and the Boston Medical Reserve Corps volunteer program.

Prior to her most recent role, Martin was the Director of the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, which resides at the Boston Public Health Commission. Martin has also worked at the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center and worked under former Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. Martin has also worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations and National Security Agency. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Martin has developed resiliency and preparedness models used nationwide and is a published author and popular public speaker. She currently lives in Hyde Park.

Snapshot of Boston

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    ESTIMATED POPULATION AS OF 2013

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