Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
This guidebook offers a set of procedures to accompany each phase of the Climate Resilience Toolkit's Steps to Resilience.

Understand Exposure

Exposure is the presence of people, assets, and ecosystems in places where they could be adversely affected by hazards. In this step, resilience builders are focused on evaluating community assets and their exposure to climate-related hazards. Evaluating community assets and their exposure to climate-related hazards involves confirming that all relevant potential climate impacts are being considered to allow for a comprehensive assessment of vulnerability and risk in the next step. This may require exploring multiple sources of information such as climate projections, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, community knowledge, and observational data.

Instructor
Jim Fox, Aashka Patel, Kim Rhodes (Fernleaf)
1 hour

Key considerations:

  • Identify community strengths, values, tangible, and intangible assets
  • Document community experiences and insights from past events
  • Identify community stressors, including disparities in access to resources
  • Gather qualitative data from community members and partners
  • Assess gaps in quantitative data by comparing with community knowledge and experiences
Identify people and community assets, hazards and stressors
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0:33:23
(29 minutes)

Determine the community groups, places, natural resources, infrastructure, and services the community agrees are important to protect and document the conditions that could threaten them.

Document potential impacts through an exposure matrix 
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0:33:36
(3 minutes)

Review your conceptual model to determine if a hazard has the potential to impact a community asset.

Inventory spatial, quantitative, and qualitative data
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1:04:05
(5 minutes)

Practitioners can begin building an inventory of local, state, and federally available spatial datasets once community assets and hazards are identified. 

Meet with the planning team to review Step 1 results

This meeting should include the full planning team, the community champion(s), and community members should be invited to attend to provide an overview of the hazards and community assets identified (including asset themes), and data collection progress.

Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide

Implementing the Steps to Resilience | A Practitioner's Guide
Instructor
Mark Wilbert & Matt Hutchins
6 Sections
45 minutes
Foundational information to consider before you begin your resilience journey.
Instructor
Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
6 Sections
25 minutes
Coordinate with the community champions to assemble a planning team and establish goals for the project.
Instructor
Jim Fox, Aashka Patel, Kim Rhodes (Fernleaf)
5 Sections
1 hour
Evaluate community assets and their exposure to climate-related hazards.
Instructor
Matt Hutchins (Fernleaf)
6 Sections
35 minutes
Evaluate the vulnerability of community assets by enumerating qualities of sensitivity and adaptive capacity.
Instructor
Jim Fox (Fernleaf), Karin Rogers (NEMAC)
6 Sections
78 minutes
List options to reduce the greatest climate-related vulnerabilities and risks to vulnerable populations and community assets.
Instructor
Jim Fox (Fernleaf)
5 Sections
81 minutes
Design an implementation plan for the strategies that are mostly likely to reduce vulnerability and risk.
Instructor
Jim Fox and Mark Wilbert (Fernleaf)
4 Sections
66 minutes
Implement and communicate the plan. Identify funding sources. Monitor. Iterate.