Resource Library

The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019) UN REPORT

REPORT: Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires

Natural hazards compound COVID-19 impacts on small businesses disproportionately for historically underrepresented group operators: STUDY

REPORT Building a Resilient Canada: The Expert Panel on Disaster Resilience in a Changing Climate

State of Mind: An annual check-in on the mental health and wellbeing of Australians : REPORT 2021

ENHANCING DISASTER MANAGEMENT IN SIERRA LEONE: Driving African Capacity – Building in Disaster Management _ REPORT 2021

Study highlights how resilience is dynamic, not a static character trait: REPORT

2021 Disaster Preparedness Guide

Building Agricultural Resilience to Natural Hazard‑induced Disasters – REPORT

Strengthening disaster risk reduction and management at the local level: REPORT

Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty – link to report download

The Rising Resilient – Aon Report (link to report download)

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report

REPORT: Natural Disasters: Economic Effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Irma

Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction: 2019 Annual Report

Into the Storm: Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve California’s Disaster Resilience (REPORT)

Property flood resilience code of practice (UK)

The Protective Value of Nature: REPORT

A WORLD AT RISK: Report by Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

The Effects of Historical Housing Policies on Resident Exposure to Intra-Urban Heat: A Study of 108 US Urban Areas: Study

Team Resilience: How Teams Flourish Under Pressure (Research paper)

The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)

Resilience Powerful Practices For Bouncing Back From Disappointment Difficulty And Even Disaster

 Natural Disasters in 2018

The Positive Effect of Resilience on Stress and Business Outcomes in Difficult Work Environments: study

Putting Nature to Work: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure for Water Security and Climate Resilience: REPORT

Study: Perceptions of Disaster Resilience and Preparedness in the Philippines

STUDY: Impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston on women mud crab fishers in Fiji

Natural Disasters 2017: Report from Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters

Red Cross Arctic Disaster Management Study

Resilient Cities Report 2018

State of the Climate 2017: AMS Report

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

Strong social ties help middle-aged folk grow more resilient: Study

BOOK: Disasters and Social Resilience: A bioecological approach

A Framework for Healthcare Disaster Resilience: Report

Coastal Resilience Solution for East Boston and Charlestown: Report

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

Four factors that influence resilience in the workplace: information by Comcare

How to minimise flood damage in your home

Launching A National Conversation On Disaster Resilience In America PDF, Docs Books

SPECIAL ISSUE PAPER From Recovery to Regulation: An Attempt to Reconceptualize ‘Recovery from Work’ Introduction

Resilient recovery Submission to Emergency Management Victoria’s discussion paper

Tropical Cyclone Forecaster Website Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting

Greening in the Red Zone: Disaster, Resilience and Community Greening

Climate Ready Boston (Report)

Poverty & Death: Disaster Mortality 1996-2015: REPORT

Professional Practice: Resilient Design (published by American Society of Landscape Architects)

Are Counterparty Arrangements in Reinsurance a Threat to Financial Stability (by Bank of Canada)

World Risk Report 2016

Essential Guide to Flood Planning and Preparation, By Polygon

American Red Cross Disaster Safety Library Tools and Resources

Compendium of Case Studies on Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific


EDUCATION DISRUPTED: Disaster impacts on education in the Asia Pacific region in 2015

Resilient Melbourne – First ever city resilience strategy in Australia

BUILDING REGULATION FOR RESILIENCE: Managing Risks for Safer Cities – World Bank Group and GFDRR Partnership Program Brief

Resiliency in the Cognitive Era

 WHEN WE STOPPED EATING BANANAS: Disaster Resilience: Ten Years After Tropical Cyclone Larry

REPORT: Building Resilient Infrastructure: Produced by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities

REPORT: The Economic Cost Of The Social Impact Of Natural Disasters: Produced by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities

Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025

Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities

Women’s Resilience Index (WRI)

Oregon Sea Grant: Exploring coastal resilience in Oregon

“The Science Behind Resilience: A Study of Psychometric Measures and Business Outcomes” – RESEARCH REPORT By meQuilibrium

Towards resilience: how we will embed resilience in our work (REPORT)

The Political Economy of “Natural” Disasters: Working Paper

ORGANISATIONAL RESILIENCE: Building an enduring enterprise

‘Talking Resilience’ A series of podcasts focusing upon the building organizational resilience across the supply chain.

The Pocket GAR 2015 Making Development Sustainable: The Future of Disaster Risk Management

EXPLAINING EXTREME EVENTS OF 2013: From A Climate Perspective

Australian attitudes to climate change and adaptation: 2010-2014 (CSIRO)

IN DEEP: Helping Sandy-Affected Communities Address Vulnerability and Confront Risk: report

 Asia Pacific Disaster Report 2015 – Disasters Without Borders

Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization

Return on Resilience: the business case (report by Urban Land Institute)

New IFRC Report calls for greater recognition and support for local humanitarian actors

Building Community Disaster Resilience Through Private-Public Collaboration

Natural Disaster Funding: Public Inquiry (Australia) FINAL REPORT

FM Global Resilience Index 2015 (in partnership with Oxford Metrica)

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030


An Essay: The future of the city, by Leo Hollis

Building Philippine MSMEs Resilience to Natural Disasters – DISCUSSION PAPER SERIES NO. 2015-20


 Multi-Hazard Disaster Risk Assessment (v2) by Deparment for International Development (DFID), UK – This How to Note is part of a series of Guidance Notes designed to assist DFID Country..

 Building Blocks for Resilience Illustrated – Poster (by Maggie Dent)

VIDEO: What does Emergency Volunteering CREW do?..Volunteering Qld’s program

The Quest for Resilience, by Gary Hamel and Liisa Välikangas

The Resilience Dividend, book by Judith Rodin (book review by WSJ)

Disaster Resilience: an emerging class issue?, by Jelenko Dragisic

Resilience to extreme weather: REPORT by the Royal Society

REPORT: Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014. The report encourages foundations to think more strategically about the aid they can provide before, during, and after disasters, whether caused by natural or human forces. The report was published by the Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy…

The Economist, Intelligence Unit: The South Asia Women’s Resilience Index: Examining the Role of Women in Preparing for and Recovering from Disasters

Green Cross Australia: Disaster resilience: preparedness and recovery, Townsville Cyclone Hypothetical (VIDEO)

The Weather the Storm Kit (Produced by National Rural Women’s Coalition)

The Weather the Storm kit has been prepared to support women to prepare for disasters and emergencies. The kit consists of three manuals which can be downloaded.

REPORT by MGSM: Natural disaster management in Australia: Multi-sectorial Approach

Special Report by ASPIWorking as one: a road map to disaster resilience for Australia

Policy Challenges in Supporting Community Resilience – FEMA

Organisational Resilience – Australian Government Portal

Animals have built-in seismic early-warning mechanism: Study

6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Bangkok, June 2014) – Australian Ministerial Statement

 Bangkok Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific 2014

 Resilient Cities: 5th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation: Congress Report

Swiss Re sigma study

Australian Government:Productivity Commission Natural Disaster Funding: Draft Report, September 2014

Linking Disaster Resilience and Enterprise Risk Management: Notes from the Field. Public Risk Magazine for the Public Risk Management Association

Samueli Institute Issues Special Report on Resilience: Stability Through Evolution

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Does mitigation save? Reviewing cost-benefit analyses of disaster risk reduction. Paper by C.M. Shreve, and I. Kelman, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies – HSD ISSUE BRIEF NO 5: Disaster Resilience and Climate Change

The Urban Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation recently released an evaluation that explores how the Rebuild by Design competition, an initiative of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, was designed, carried out, and could be replicated in other contexts. Full Report

FEMA: Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030, slideshare

The Opportunity of a Disaster: The Economic Impact of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake

CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia), The Economics of Climate Change – REPORT 2014

The report – Creating Resilient Strategies – addresses the current strategy debate and considers if strategies are sufficiently far-sighted and robust enough to cope with a fast changing operating context. There are three versions of the report, each focussing on a different region – Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe.

Creating Resilient Strategies : Asia-Pacific Report

VCOSS REPORT: Disaster and disadvantage: Social vulnerability in emergency management

Defining Disaster Resilience Approach Paper

City Resilience Framework: City Resilience Index (ARUP_Report)

A Framework for Articulating City Resilience

Resilient Cities 2014 – Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

State of the Climate – 2014 (CSIRO Report)

IPCC: Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)


GERMANWATCH: Global Climate Risk Index 2014: Briefing Paper

Resilient Cities 2014

ISDRC  2014 : 20th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference:   Resilience – The New Research Frontier

Australia’s Strategy for Disaster Resilience (2011)

In December 2009, COAG agreed to adopt a whole-of-nation resilience-based
approach to disaster management, which recognises that a national, coordinated
and cooperative effort is needed to enhance Australia’s capacity to prepare for,
withstand and recover from disasters. The National Emergency Management
Committee subsequently developed the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
which was adopted by COAG on 13 February 2011. The purpose of the Strategy is to
provide high-level guidance on disaster management to federal, state, territory
and local governments, business and community leaders and the not-for-profit
sector. While the Strategy focuses on priority areas to build disaster resilient
communities across Australia, it also recognises that disaster resilience is a
shared responsibility for individuals, households, businesses and communities,
as well as for governments. The Strategy is the first step in a long-term,
evolving process to deliver sustained behavioural change and enduring

Resilience and stability of ecological systems (Holling, 1973)

Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA)

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) is the first plan to explain, describe and detail the work that is required from all different sectors and actors to reduce disaster losses. It was developed and agreed on with the many partners needed to reduce disaster risk – governments, international agencies, disaster experts and many others – bringing them into a common system of coordination. The HFA outlines five priorities for action, and offers guiding principles and practical means for achieving disaster resilience. Its goal is to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2015 by building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. This means reducing loss of lives and social, economic, and environmental assets when hazards strike.

 The Torrens Resilience Institute

The Torrens Resilience Institute has been established at the International
University Precinct in Adelaide, South Australia to improve the capacity of
organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the
potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans.

Citiy Security and Resilience Network – Australia

DELOITTE Building Australia’s Resilience (report)

STEP UP_ Building Queensland’s Resilience Program by Volunteering Qld

Volunteering Qld has delivered one of the largest disaster resilience programs in Australia.

Community Resilience as a Metaphor (academic paper)

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Stockholm Resilience Centre advances research on the governance of social-ecological systems with a special emphasis on resilience – the ability to deal with change and continue to develop.

Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty

Progress Report Highlighting the 2010-2011 Insights of the Strategic Foresight Initiative.

Fact Sheet: Disaster Resilience

ANDROID Academic Network

ANDROID is an Erasmus academic network that aims to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education to increase society’s resilience to disasters of human and natural origin. The network’s teaching and research is concerned with what resilience is, what it means to society, and how societies might achieve greater resilience in the face of increasing threats from natural and human induced hazards. The network will create a European approach that will help us understand the attributes that enable physical, socio-cultural, politico-economic and natural systems to adapt, by resistance or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. The network will also raise awareness and promote a common understanding among stakeholders of the importance of disaster resilience education and the essential role of European HEIs in improving society’s ability to increase disaster resilience.


Enhancing risk management partnerships for catastrophic natural hazards in Europe. The ENHANCE project will develop new multi-sector partnerships (MSPs) to reduce or redistribute risk from natural hazards, with an important role for the financial sector (e.g. insurers).

Disaster Statistics (Insurance Council of Australia)

The current disaster data in the map below is derived from the submissions of general insurance companies following large events incurring cost to the community and insurers. It does not represent the entire cost of the event, it is only a approximation of the insured loss based upon reported data. The final loss figure for an event can take many years to resolve. Events are only recorded where there is a potential for the insured loss to exceed $10 million. Additionally, many large single losses occur on a day to day basis in Australia that are not part of a larger catastrophe event.

Disaster Resilient Australia

Every year, Australian communities face devastating losses caused by disasters. Bushfires, floods, storms, other hazards and their associated consequences have significant impacts on communities, the economy, infrastructure and the environment. In 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to adopt a whole-of-nation resilience-based approach to disaster management, which recognises that a national, coordinated and cooperative effort is needed to enhance Australia’s capacity to withstand and recover from emergencies and disasters.

Green Cross Australia (Harden Up Program)

Australian Red Cross (Emergency Services)

Australian Red Cross (Report: National Disaster Resilience Roundtable, September 2012)

South Australian Implementation Plan 2012-13 (National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience)


Resilience Reporter

Resilience in Australia Final

European Commission and Resilience

What Price Disaster, By Jelenko Dragisic (Founder and Editor: Resilience Reporter)

Building Community Resilience to Disasters (RAND Corporation)

Australian Tsunami Warning System

Human resilience to climate change and disasters (The Royal Society)

Innovate Research Bulletin (VQ) RESILIENCE EDITION

Climate Adaptation Outlook

A Stronger More Resilient New York (REPORT) sirr_report_cover

Infographic storm-damage

Why the Sharing Economy is Important for Disaster Response

The Resilience Centre

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE of the national academies ( Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families)

What We Know – Report

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest non-government general science membership organization and the executive publisher of Science, a leading scientific journal

What We Know

The Infrastructure Security Partnership

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