Activity 3: Identifying Resilience Strategies
Strategies determine ways of reaching your goals. They are actions that get you to your goals. To begin, you should prioritize which areas of resilience you want to address. Some areas of resilience will be related to reducing disaster risk, such as those suggested by the Hazard Resilience Index (HRI) and some dimensions in the Disaster Management category of the Aboriginal Resilience Index (ARI). Other areas of resilience, such as those suggested by the Community Resource category of the ARI, will be related in more subtle but equally important ways. For example, increasing community members’ participation in community events can be critical in recovering from disaster. Increasing their trust of local government can help with their willingness and ability to follow directions during a disaster.
The Aboriginal Resilience and Strategies (ARS) report and the Hazards, Risk, Resilience and Strategies (HRS) report will provide you with a list of strategies to address each of the dimensions or hazards you have rated or entered to date.
Click the buttons below to create the Strategy Reports.
Once you have created your Hazards, Risk, Resilience and Strategies Report and your Aboriginal Resilience and Strategies Report, you will have the option to create a Hazard Resilience Strategy Action Plan and Aboriginal Resilience Strategy Action Plan by targeting specific strategies that will enhance disaster resilience in your community.
Important considerations as you review your Integrated Disaster Resilience Profile are:
- Would implementing these strategies to address improve our our day to day lives and our disaster preparedness?
- Are these strategies under the community’s control to implement?
- Would failure to implement strategies to address this area of resilience result in:
- Increased deaths and/or injuries to residents and/or visitors
- Significant economic and/or property loss
- Significant ecological destruction
- Significant threat to community survival (economic, cultural, physical)
- Significant health threats to the community
- Loss of critical community resources and/or infrastructure
- Are resources (time, money, people) available to address this area of resilience?
- Is addressing this area of resilience is in keeping with our community vision and goals?
There is an opportunity to get creative in thinking about resilience strategies. One approach is to simply look at your resilience profile to see what should be priority areas to work on. However, sometimes you can see links between two or more characteristics of resilience. For example, an action for increasing community engagement might be to initiate monthly community potluck dinners. A strategy to reduce fire risks might focus on removing underbrush from around key community buildings. A strategy that addresses both of these may have a greater impact.
A combined resilience strategy might involve developing a community event that encourages volunteers to help remove undergrowth around the Community Hall and their own homes, followed by a community dinner. This would promote community engagement and awareness in resilience activities, while reducing immediate fire risks.
To identify effective strategies it is important to assess them for their practicality. There are many things that could be done to reach your goals, but you must evaluate them in terms of their cost, the need for volunteers, or other resource issues. You should make sure that your strategies can be accomplished with the resources available to you. Finally, the strategies should address both short and longer term goals
To start, review your Integrated Disaster Resilience Profile Template and those resilience characteristics you have marked as important (e.g., starred) in the ARI and the HRI reports. Simply considering how you would make this characteristic present in the community may suggest an immediate strategy for improvement, particularly when considering the Disaster Management and Hazard Resilience sections. You can also review the Aboriginal Resilience Strategies resources on the Resource page. It provides many further suggestions for characteristics of resilience related to the Community Resource and Disaster Management sections in the ARI.
For a complete listing of all strategies, navigate to the ‘Resources’ page on the top right hand side.