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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DRSC

Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities

Local government

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DRSC  

Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities

The Scorecard provides a set of assessments that will allow local governments to monitor and review progress and challenges in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030, and assess their disaster resilience. It is structured around UNISDR’s Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient.

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Local government

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Type – Open source

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Sector-specific? Yes

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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GeoNode

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GeoNode  

GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying spatial data infrastructures (SDI). Government and Private companies are able to make official data publicly available while maintaining the ownership of their data.

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Type – Open source

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Sector-specific? Yes

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GeoNode

HAZUR®

City strategists, city managers, resilience officers, City Stakeholders (Small-medium cities best)

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HAZUR®  

HAZUR is a piece of software designed to support the design, implementation and management of cities resilience strategy.

  1. HAZUR Basic is the online software included in the certification courses of the Resilience Academy. It includes the basic functionalities to build your own city project.
  2. HAZUR Assessment helps to summarise all city data, to analyse interdependencies in service networks, to assess impacts aftermaths and cascade effects. It also enables the identification and prioritisation of potential improvement projects, facilitates the definition of crisis management protocols and supports a strategy development process.
  3. HAZUR Manager combines the Assessment information with real-time information and enables the simulation of risk situations at city level. It also equips the cities and experts with tools for service network monitoring, risk management and city stakeholder coordination.

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City strategists, city managers, resilience officers, City Stakeholders (Small-medium cities best)

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Type – Off the shelf

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Key aims Undisputedly resilience (see methodology)

Sector-specific? Yes

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OPTICITS

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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Sector-specific? Yes

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Oasis

Open Data for Resilience Index

Open Data for Resilience Index (Beta)

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Open Data for Resilience Index  

Open Data for Resilience Index (Beta)

The Open Data for Resilience Index is a tool to identify, assess and compare, for any country, the availability and ease of use of datasets that are considered to be key for disaster risk management. Anyone can submit a dataset. The result is a crowdsourced-database providing the state of open data for diaster risk management for any country.

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GFDRR

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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Type – Open Source

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Lloyd's Register

Surging Seas

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

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Surging Seas  

Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Analysis Service

This app exposes information from global climate models combined with datasets on vertical land movement on a local level, and shows this with local population density information (which clearly shows the extend of coastal cities), offering opportunities for data presentation previously unavailable to a wider audience.

The extreme sea levels analysis tool includes the latest historical storm surge data for the globe, high tide events, and sea levels changes caused by lower atmospheric pressure and severe winds during storms in climate scenarios.

Aside from the SLR tool, there are other similar tools as part of the same tool developer that analyse other indicators such as climate change scenarios and baseline data generation, drought monitoring, heat index, etc.

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Type – Open Source

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Climate Central

QRE

Quick Risk Estimation tool

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QRE  

Quick Risk Estimation tool

The Quick Risk Estimation tool is designed for the purposes of identifying and understanding current and future risk/ stress/ shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets. The QRE tool is not a full scale risk assessment, rather a multi-stakeholder engagement process to establish a common understanding. Taking into account the actions or corrective measures already undertaken, the QRE will produce a dashboard-style risk assessment advising the risks and hazard to human and physical assets, impacts of identified main risk and associated perils on the specified location and/or particular assets.

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Type – Open Source

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Key aims Risk (not really, it is a tool for mutli-stakeholder engagemnet process to establish a common understanding)

Sector-specific? Yes

PCVA

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

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PCVA  

Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis

Oxfam’s participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis (PCVA) tool is a risk analysis process designed to help staff and partner organisations engage with communities in contexts where natural disasters are significant drivers of poverty and suffering. PCVA has its roots in two proven social development methodologies. First, it stems from capacity and vulnerability analysis (CVA) methodology. This has long enabled development and humanitarian aid workers to design programmes based on a community’s capacities as well as its vulnerabilities. It recognises that vulnerable people have capacities to cope with adversity and can take steps to improve their lives, however difficult their situation may be. Second, it is rooted in the belief that enabling communities to genuinely participate in programme design, planning, and management leads to increased ownership, accountability and impact, and is the best way to bring about change. PCVA draws on a wide range of participatory learning and action (PLA) techniques and tools that are designed to channel participants’ ideas and efforts into a structured process of analysis, learning, and action planning, with the overall aim of reducing a community’s disaster risk.

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Type – Practitioner's guide available on website

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Oxfam

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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CRIDA

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis


Decision makers, planners, engineers

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CRIDA  

Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

CRIDA provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA will initially launch as a publication, and support a community of practice to rapidly scale up implementation.

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Decision makers, planners, engineers

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

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AGWA

Simulating Critical Infrastructures

Infrastructure operators

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Simulating Critical Infrastructures  

This simulation software allows you to calculate the cascade effects using various impact indicators, from number of people affected to projected costs. A variety of techniques are used to visualize the scenarios, including standard reports, 2D and 3D interfaces and full-blown virtual reality representations. To create the future you want, this tool helps you see the future you want to avoid.

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Infrastructure operators

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Type – Request Demo

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Sector-specific? Yes

Developed by
SIM-CI

CRPT

City Resilience Profiling Tool

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CRPT  

City Resilience Profiling Tool

The City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) is a self-assessment tool primarily addressed to municipal leaders, managers, urban planners, and other personnel with a responsibility for ensuring the safety, maintenance, and security of all aspects and functions of an urban area, including critical infrastructure and services, health facilities, transport and telecommunications networks, sanitation, water, etc.

The City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) designs this tool for generating metrics for urban resilience in order to establish baselines (or ‘profiles’) upon which to integrate resilience based inputs to sustainable urban planning, development, and management processes in cities and other human settlements throughout the world. The main goal of the CRPP is to support local governments and their stakeholders by transforming urban areas into safer and better places to live in, and improve their capacity to absorb and rebound quickly from any and all potential shocks or stresses.

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Type – An approach set out in a book

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Sector-specific? Yes

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UN Habitat

CRAM

Community Resilience Assessment Methodology

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CRAM  

Community Resilience Assessment Methodology

A concept paper for a community resilience assessment methodology (CRAM). The goal is to assess community resilience by measuring the preparedness of different resource areas and infrastructure systems on which communities depend (e.g. communication and transportation). Built on research and stakeholder dialogues conducted to support the development of a disaster resilience framework, CRAM places a strong emphasis on the interconnection between infrastructure and social systems and complements NIST’s ongoing effort to support community resilience planning.

This is an ongoing development with plans up until FY 2019.

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Reliability Workbench

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Reliability Workbench  

Reliability Workbench is Isograph’’s flagship suite of reliability, safety and maintainability software. You can use Reliability Workbench to display which maintenance or design changes will improve system reliability, predict the reliability of systems and create maintenance plans accordingly. The custom built report designer allows you to create reports with any amount of detail, high level right down to component specific information. Add a whole new level of detail to your system reliability presentations. The Enterprise edition of Reliability Workbench allows collaboration between colleagues on projects. Limit access to projects and folders to appropriate users and allow managers to approve or reject changes to projects with version control.

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Type – Free to download

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Sector-specific? Yes

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Isograph

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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