Activity 4: Writing the Resilience Plan


fireAt this point in the planning process, your team will already have much of the information you need to put together a Disaster Resilience Plan.  You have a clear picture of your community and its features, you have considered and recorded the hazards your community faces, and you have assessed your community’s disaster resilience.  Based on all of this information, you have identified a goal or goals and strategies (or actions) for reaching your goals.  From these building blocks, you can develop a work plan that clearly defines the tasks to be accomplished, along with who will be doing the work, and a schedule for completing the tasks.

There is no particular format you should use, but your Disaster Resilience Plan should include the following:

  • A brief summary of the information you gathered throughout the process
  • An explanation of how resilience factors were prioritized
  • The action plan itself, including timelines, responsibilities, necessary resources, and milestones

The main purpose of the plan is to convince your community of the need for increasing resilience, and to gain their commitment to its implementation.

Once you have completed your plan, you will need to take it out into your community to get commitment to the plan’s implementation.  At the same time, you may also wish to share your plan with other stakeholders and seek their support for some or all of your strategies to improve disaster resilience. These stakeholders could include representatives in local and/or regional governments, community leaders, Elders or business owners who are not already involved, or even neighbouring communities in the region.  The information you have collected and the plan you have made will be a valuable resource and can be used to set local, regional, or provincial/territorial policy on building community disaster resilience.

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