Resilience Toolbox

Resilience tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right tool for the job. We have assessed a wide range of tools, which are listed below, mapped by the resilience value they add at different stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Use the filters to break down the results by sector and user type.

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Hazus



Government planners, GIS specialists, and emergency managers

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Hazus  

Hazus is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Hazus uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of disasters. It graphically illustrates the limits of identified high-risk locations due to earthquake, hurricane, flood, and tsunami. Users can then visualize the spatial relationships between populations and other more Earthquake, Wind, Flood, Tsunami permanently fixed geographic assets or resources for the specific hazard being modelled, a crucial function in the pre-disaster planning process.

Hazus is used for mitigation and recovery, as well as preparedness and response. Government planners, GIS specialists, and emergency managers use Hazus to determine losses and the most beneficial mitigation approaches to take to minimize them. Hazus can be used in the assessment step in the mitigation planning process, which is the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Being ready will aid in recovery after a natural disaster.

Potential loss estimates analysed in Hazus include:

  • Physical damage to residential and commercial buildings, schools, critical facilities, and infrastructure;
  • Economic loss, including lost jobs, business interruptions, repair, and reconstruction costs;
    Social impacts, including estimates of shelter requirements, displaced households, and population exposed to scenario floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes, and tsunamis.
  • As the number of Hazus users continues to increase, so do the types of uses. Increasingly, Hazus is being used by states and communities in support of risk assessments that perform economic loss scenarios for certain natural hazards and rapid needs assessments during hurricane response. Other communities are using Hazus to increase hazard awareness.

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Government planners, GIS specialists, and emergency managers

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Type – Open source

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Sector-specific? Yes

OASIS Loss Modelling Framework

OASIS Loss Modelling Framework (Catastrophe Modelling)


Used in the field of insurance industry, actuarial science, engineering, meteorology and seismology

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OASIS Loss Modelling Framework  

OASIS Loss Modelling Framework (Catastrophe Modelling)

Catastrophe modelling (known as cat modelling) is the process of using computer-assisted calculations to estimate the losses that could be sustained due to catastrophic events such as a hurricane or earthquake.

OASIS is an improved risk assessment through more models, a different view of the risk, transparency, performance, and innovation. The Oasis Loss Modelling Framework provides an open source platform for developing, deploying and executing catastrophe models. It uses a full simulation engine and makes no restrictions on the modelling approach. Models are packaged in a standard format and the components can be from any source, such as model vendors, academic and research groups.

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Used in the field of insurance industry, actuarial science, engineering, meteorology and seismology

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Oasis

RESILENS

Realising European ReSILiencE for Critical INfraStructure

Various e.g. Critical Infrastructure provider and at different spatial scales (urban, regional, national and transboundary)

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RESILENS  

Realising European ReSILiencE for Critical INfraStructure

RESILENS will develop a European Resilience Management Guideline (ERMG) to support the practical application of resilience to all CI sectors. Accompanying the ERMG will be a Resilience Management Matrix and Audit Toolkit (ReMMAT) which will enable CI systems (encompassing assets and organisations) to have their level of resilience quantitatively and qualitatively indexed.

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Various e.g. Critical Infrastructure provider and at different spatial scales (urban, regional, national and transboundary)

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Type – Open source; requires creation of account

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Sector-specific? Yes

RAPTA

Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework

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RAPTA  

Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework

The Resilience, Adaptation Pathways and Transformation Assessment Framework (RAPTA) is a unique tool to build ideas of resilience, adaption and transformation into a project from the start, to ensure outcomes that are practicable, valuable and sustainable through time and change. It also aligns approaches and monitoring towards common objectives, contributing to integrated strategies, and pursuing synergies in reporting between the Rio Conventions. Use of RAPTA will assist development initiatives to generate sustained positive impacts.
The RAPTA guidelines give practical guidance on the application of RAPTA in project design. The guidelines are targeted at practitioners working with local stakeholders to devise effective development projects that build resilience to shocks, stresses, and major external change.
In addition, RAPTA offers a fresh dimension to the familiar task of project planning and development – one which allows for rapid social, physical and environmental change in an uncertain world – leading to projects which deliver better results, more durably, reliably and consistently.

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Lloyd's Register

ARGOS

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ARGOS  

ARGOS is a software system to support emergency organizations to make the best possible decisions in case of incidents involving atmospheric dispersion of hazardous CBRN-materials.

ARGOS is useful throughout the entire disaster life cycle:

  • During the Preparedness phase for planning, dimensioning and training – including evaluation of various ‘What-if’ scenarios.
  • During the Response phase by calculating prognoses about how the situation will evolve; what can be the consequences of the dispersion; what the proper emergency or evacuation zones are; etc.
  • During the Recovery phase; what the effect of applying possible countermeasures will be; etc.
  • and in the Evaluation phase, to study what could have been done better and how the situation could have evolved.

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FAUC®

The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity

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FAUC®  

The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity

The FAUC framework focuses on Five Capacities of an Organization:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Alert
  • Adaptive
  • Resilient
  • Creative

It helps to find weak spots and enables organizations to act effectively in complex and uncertain environments.

The FAUC® is delivered through two products: FAUC® PLAY and FAUC® Assessment. The approach of the FAUC©PLAY is interactive. The FAUC©PLAY uses structured dialogue, playing and the wisdom of people involved. The FAUC© assessment uses both quantitative and qualitative information and the wisdom of people involved.

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GLOCOMNET

SimCenter

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center

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SimCenter  

Computational Modeling and Simulation Center

The Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter) provides next-generation computational modeling and simulation software tools, user support, and educational materials to the natural hazards engineering research community with the goal of advancing the nation’s capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards on structures, lifelines, and communities. In addition, the Center will enable leaders to make more informed decisions about the need for and effectiveness of potential mitigation strategies.

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CWRA

City Water Resilience Approach




Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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CWRA  

City Water Resilience Approach

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) responds to a demand for innovative approaches and tools that help cities build water resilience at the urban scale. The CWRA was developed to help cities grow their capacity to provide high quality water resources for all residents, to protect them from water-related hazards, and to connect them through water-based transportation networks (“provide, protect, connect”).

The approach is the result of fieldwork and desk research, collaborative partnerships with subject matter experts, and direct engagement with city partners. Based on this research, the CWRA outlines a process for developing urban water resilience, and provides a suite of tools to help cities grow their capacity to survive and thrive in the face of water-related shocks and stresses. The approach details five steps to guide cities through initial stakeholder engagement and baseline assessment, through action planning, implementation and monitoring of new initiatives that build water resilience.

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Primarily government, owners and operators, but all stakeholders potentially

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OurWater

OurWater

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OurWater  

OurWater

OurWater helps users visualize the processes, stakeholders and infrastructure networks that make up their city’s water system.

OurWater has been developed to address the growing need for tools that can help cities share information between different stakeholders and visualize complex interactions. This goal of understanding the city’s water landscape is one critical element of moving towards the goal of building cities’ capacity to endure, adapt and transform in the face of water challenges.

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EARTH EX




Government, Civil society, Residents, and the private sector

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EARTH EX  

EARTH EX simulates global-scale disruption, with long duration power outages and cascading failures of all other infrastructures. It offers executive and senior level operational decision makers the opportunity to review critical decision-making policies, processes, roles and responsibilities – essential to the success of all other response and recovery operations.

The exercise is designed for self-evaluation, with distributed play conducted using electronic tools, and local facilitation for feedback and execution.

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Government, Civil society, Residents, and the private sector

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Key aims Risk & Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin Platform

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Equitable Origin  

Equitable Origin Platform

Tool 1: EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development

The EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development provides a framework for implementing and verifying enhanced environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, greater transparency, more accountability, and better outcomes for local stakeholders in energy development projects. The EO100™ Standard represents leading industry practices and references international standards for evaluating site-level ESG performance of energy and energy infrastructure projects.

The EO100™ Standard encompasses the following Principles:

  • Corporate Governance, Transparency & Ethics
  • Human Rights, Social Impact & Community Development
  • Indigenous People’s Rights
  • Fair Labor & Working Conditions
  • Climate Change, Biodiversity & Environment

Tool 2: Equitable Origin Platform

The Equitable Origin (EO) Platform is a one-stop resource that provides energy companies, utilities, investors, and corporate power purchasers with essential tools to effectively implement and track due diligence and compliance within their operations, supply chains, and investment portfolios. The EO100™ Performance Assessment provides a quick, easy, and efficient way to measure the performance of energy and energy infrastructure projects and suppliers of energy against a comprehensive and customizable range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators.

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Type – Open source

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Key aims Risk&Sustainability

Sector-specific? Yes

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Equitable Origin

RASTEP

RApid Source TErm Prediction

Decision makers and Planners

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RASTEP  

RApid Source TErm Prediction

RApid Source TErm Prediction (RASTEP) is a tool for decision support to emergency response organisations in the event of an accident with potential radioactive releases. It works in the following way: The user answers questions on the ongoing event, and the underlying model uses the given answers together with advanced data modelling to predict the most likely outcome in a database of pre-calculated consequences. We think this tool has potential to be generalized to other situations with uncertain outcome in complex systems, e.g. climate change, volcanic eruptions, epidemics, market development etc.

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Decision makers and Planners

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk

Sector-specific? Yes

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Lloyd's Register

TORC

Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities

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TORC  

Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities

The Training for Operational Resilience Capabilities (TORC) approach addresses three distinct training arenas; operational training addresses the exploration of the necessary margin of maneuver in the “compliance vs resilience” space, managerial training addresses the assessment of a reasonable and accountable space of maneuver, while integrated training addresses the active reconciliation of margin and space of maneuver. This facilitates a continual process of updating of rules based on the enhanced knowledge about the professional competence and craftsmanship in the organization at hand.

The TORC approach is designed to be applicable in different contexts; in a normal operation context where pre-existing rules and procedures form the expectations of compliance, in an emergency context in which emergency plans form the presumptions of compliance, and in a “managing the unexpected” context in which the applicable set of rules and procedures must be collected and formed instantly and situation-dependently.

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Resilience

Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SINTEF