Philosophy of the Toolbox

Welcome to The Resilience Toolbox.

This website has been developed for the public, community and private sectors to collaborate on tools that engage, empower and enhance the resilience of communities to be more resilient in the face of turbulent change.

Whats and Hows of Resilience

One of the biggest challenges for practitioners and researchers working in the field of resilience is developing a set of meaningful activities that build resilient communities.

What should we be doing and how should we be doing it?

The Resilience Toolbox has been developed as a vehicle to share ideas and resources for those trying to solve this challenge. By joining the Toolbox, users have the opportunity to collaborate with each other and access a growing list of practical tools and applied research.

Resilience themes are divided into the categories of the four recovery environments - Social, Built, Natural and Economic - as well as section for specific hazards.

All the tools and research can be accessed and adapted for free under a Creative Commons license.

Share what you know! Share what you do!

Use this opportunity to share with others so that we all move resilience thinking and action in a more positive direction. Collaboration sparks new ideas and reduces the reinvention of wheels. When you are provided access to this site, please contribute what you have, so that others can build on your good efforts!

The ICoE : CR

International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience

The Resilience Toolbox is a product of Wellington's
"International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience".

This Centre is part of the UN funded Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme, stewarded by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office and Massey University's Joint Centre for Disaster Research whose purpose is try and answer the question, "How can communities make themselves resilient to future disasters?".

The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), a UN programme, has designated the Wellington region as an International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience. The goal of this programme is to answer the 'how' challenge in a practical and meaningful way. One of the ways this is achieved is by supporting strong collaborations between practitioners and researchers that are working to build more resilient communities.

Who else is involved?

Sample resources

WREMO Community Resilience Strategy - 2nd edition
Project summary
A Community Resilience Strategy was developed to help WREMO's Emergency Management team answer the "how" to enhance the resilience of our communities.
Project purpose
Emergency management staff better understand how to engage with and empower communities to be more resilient.
The purpose of this Strategy is to define the philosophy and framework
for community engagement; to develop a strategic set of objectives to
enhance resilience (build capacity, increase connectedness and foster
cooperation); and outline the guiding principles and tools that enable
WREMO to operationalise the abstract concept of resilience. The
Strategy caters for diverse communities with various interests,
resources, needs and levels of engagement. WREMO sets clear goals
through this Strategy, and aims to encourage the wider discussion of
Community-Driven Emergency Management throughout the sector.

This strategy has become the foundation document for an International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience through the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Participating organisations
Emergency managers are the primary stakeholders
Tags / key words
Whole Community, Community Development, Engagement, Resilience, Strategy, Connectedness, Capacity, Social Capital
Tsunami Blue Lines
Project summary
This was a community-driven initiative to draw public awareness to the maximum run-up height for a tsunami by painting blue lines on the road that designate the tsunami safe zone as well as other ideas to increase awareness and preparedness.
Project purpose
Increased awareness of where to evacuate to immediately after a large local earthquake. Indirectly, leading to overall household/business preparedness by creating a constant low frequency reminder of a hazard.
Using tsunami inundation modelling developed by GNS Science, WREMO created the "space" for the community to develop their own solution to raising tsunami awareness. As a result, the community developed a high impact, low cost solution by painting blue lines across the road where the max run up height is and blue arrows within the zone that indicate how far to evacuate to the safe zone. The concept also looks to the community for hyper-local information, public awareness ideas and other community-driven initiatives to improve preparedness. The concept takes about four months to implement. It won the 2012 IAEM Global Award for Public Awareness in 2012.
Participating organisations
Emergency Management Advisor as facilitator, Local government, elected officials, community leaders
Tags / key words
Tsunami, evacuation, safe zone, public education

Terms and conditions

The Resilience Toolbox has been developed as a vehicle to collaborate on ideas and tools that build resilient communities.

The Resilience Toolbox operates under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

All of the loaded resources are free to use, adopt and modify to suit your organisation's needs as long as you credit the owner of the original resource.

The rules of The Resilience Toolbox are simple -

  1. Contribute your work, no matter how small, so that others may benefit.
  2. If you use or modify a resource on this site in some way, cite the original source
  3. Do not promote commercial products and services or use resources loaded in the Toolbox in any profit making venture. This is strictly prohibited.
  4. Maintain a positive tone in any shared conversations and collaborations with other Toolbox partners

All Toolbox users must agree to these terms and conditions. If you become aware of a violation of these rules, please advise us using the 'Report Misuse' link inside the toolbox.

By joining the Toolbox, you agree to share your organisation's work with a goal of collaborating with others to enhance community resilience.

If you join the site, you are asked to load at least one practical resource within 30 days of signing up.

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