All-Hazards Resilience


  • “Resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Enhanced resilience allows better anticipation of disasters and better planning to reduce disaster losses—rather than waiting for an event to occur and paying for it afterward.” (National Research Council)

  • Improving resilience should be seen as a long-term process, but it can be coordinated around measurable short-term goals that will allow communities to better prepare and plan for, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse events. (Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative; the National Academies Press, 2012).

Resilience Principles:

  • Ensure appropriate plans: Small Community Emergency Response Plan (SCERP), Continuity of Operations (COOP), and Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) exist and are current.

  • Train and exercise your plans to expose gaps or weaknesses in the plan.

  • Conduct Risk Assessment
    • Identify Hazards - which hazards might impact your community?
    • Profile hazards events - how bad can it get?
      • Frequency - likelihood
      • Magnitude - strength
      • Extent - location
    • Inventory assets - which community assets will be affected by the hazards?
    • Estimate losses - what are the costs associated with the impacts?

  • Identify realistic Mitigation projects to eliminate or reduce the effects of a disaster.

  • Add redundancies to critical systems (Water, Sewer, Power, and Fuel delivery) to improve availability to restore capacity.

  • Create shared common objectives that have all communal elements (City, Tribe, Corporation) working towards similar goals, which enhances coordination and communication, leading to increased project completion.

Resilience Links:

Points of Contacts:

  • Tom Koloski – Emergency Management Specialist (EMS) III, (907) 428-7022 Email
  • James Benzschawel – EMS II, 907-428-7049 Email
  • Cynthia Cook– EMS II, 907-428-7020 Email