Step 2: Resilience Assessment

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

Once you have completed a Risk Profile you will gather the information you will need to assess your communitya��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 Rural Resilience Index (RRI) and the relevant sections of the Hazard Resilience Index (HRI). The RRI includes the categories Community Resources and Disaster Management.A� The Hazard Resilience Index includes all of the hazard types your community might face.

Activity 5 a�� Develop a Disaster Resilience Profile

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

Case Study

West Branch, NS augmented resources with the Contingency Plan Template for On-Farm Planning produced by the Environmental Farm Program (2007).A� While mapping local assets and resources the community-based team decided to interview staff from the Canadian Red Cross.A� For the interviews the team a�?used basic categories and some of the questionsa�? from a variety of project tools.A� The Hazard Resilience Index was creatively used in a number of ways to meet local needs: a�?to prepare specific questions in some interviews,a�? a�?to better understand the meaning of resilience to hazards,a�? and a�?to assess hazard resilience based on the information gathered.a�?