Step 2: Resilience Assessment

Step 2: Resilience Assessment – how to assess what disasters are likely to take place and your community’s current state of resiliency.

The resilience assessment step involves a series of activities to evaluate the risks a community faces and strengths a community can draw on to decrease risk and build greater resilience.

Activity One – Developing a Risk Profile

The first activity is to identify what hazards pose the greatest threat or threats to your community. The Risk Profile that you develop will help focus some of the resilience assessment.

Activity Two – Gathering Information for Resilience

Once you have completed a Risk Profile you will gather the information you will need to assess your community’s resilience.

Activity Three – Recording Information

The third activity is to summarize this information about the community using maps and templates.

Activity Four – Assessing Resilience

The fourth activity is to use this information to assess resilience using the two parts of the Aboriginal Resilience Index (ARI) and the relevant sections of the Hazard Resilience Index (HRI). The ARI includes the categories Community Resources and Disaster Management.  The Hazard Resilience Index includes all of the hazard types your community might face.

Activity 5 – Develop an Integrated Disaster Resilience Profile

Your assessment will result in the fifth and final activity of this step – the development of an Integrated Resilience Profile. The resilience profile is like a picture of the community as it currently is in terms of resilience – the areas of strength and the areas that need some improvement.  This profile will be used to develop a plan for expanding the community’s resilience by building on strengths and reducing risks.