Step 3: Building a Resilience Plan

Step 3: Building a Resilience Plan – identifying strategies and goals for building resilience in your community.

Your Disaster Resilience Plan is a road map that describes where you want to go and how you intend to get there, based on your resilience assessment (Step 2) and the areas you have targeted for improvement in the Integrated Disaster Resilience Profile Template. Creating the Plan involves setting goals, comparing where you are now, identifying ways of reaching those goals and achieving your community’s vision of future resilience.

Like most kinds of planning, disaster resilience planning involves a set of activities. These activities may include some or all of the following:

  • identification of a vision (the ideal future)
  • identification of goal(s)
  • identification of actions or strategies to reach goals
  • development of a work plan

The planning process continues as you implement the Plan. Regularly check the progress you have made, adjust goals and actions when necessary, and continue to take action until the desired changes have been made.

Activity 1 – Setting a Vision

In this activity you will take steps to create a vision of your community’s disaster resilience which will lead directly to considering the shorter term steps – the goals – that will help you reach your community’s vision.

Activity 2 – Developing Goals

Once your vision is set, you will identify develop goals for your community’s resilience. Your goal or goals will be based on the results of the assessment of your community’s risk and resilience.

Activity 3 – Identifying Resilience Strategies

In this Activity, you will identify strategies that will help your community to reach its goals. These strategies will lead to actions that Strategies determine ways of reaching your goals.

Activity 4 – Writing the Resilience Plan

At this point in the planning process, your team will already have much of the information you need to put together a Disaster Resilience Plan. Your plan should clearly define the tasks to be accomplished, along with who will be doing the work, and a schedule for completing the tasks.