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Practitioner Reports

These brief reports present findings of the Analyzing Infrastructure for Disaster-Resilient Communities research group in a way that is intended to be accessible and useful for planners, decision-makers and disaster management practitioners. Each report also suggests related reading from the academic literature.

Click on each report title to download a PDF file.

 

Practitioner Report No.1: Resilience Decision Contexts

This report describes findings about how decisions for resilience are actually made in the context of disaster management. It features a flow diagram illustrating decision contexts and influences within a single generic infrastructure sector as they impact key components of resilience and, ultimately, infrastructure service.

Practitioner Report No.2: Earthquake Scenario

This report describes the methods and findings of a model process used by the Analyzing Infrastructures for Disaster-Resilient Communities (AIDRC) research group to characterize regional vulnerabilites and interdependencies in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. In this process, representatives of critical infrastructure were engaged in predicting potential disruptions to infrastructure services following a hypothetical extreme event scenario.

Practitioner Report No.3: Creating Alternatives for Improving Infrastructure Interdependency Resilience

This report describes how to identify strategies to improve infrastructure interdependency resilience. The process of identifying alternatives is demonstrated using the example of creating strategies to improve the resilience of fuel supply infrastructure.

Practitioner Report No.4: Setting Priorities for Improving Infrastructure Interdependency Resilience

This report describes an approach for setting priorities for disaster mitigation efforts. The process of setting priorities is illustrated using the example of ranking priorities for fuel supply mitigation.

Practitioner Report No.5: Infrastructure Disruptions and Interdependencies during Flood Events

A database was created to document significant infrastructure disruptions and interdependencies during past major flood events in parts of North America. This report uses four flood examples to summarize the findings of the Flood Events database. Click here for a black and white version of the report.

Hypothetical Disaster Scenarios

Two hypothetical disaster scenarios were developed as part of the Analyzing Infrastructures for Disaster Resilient Communities project. The scenarios were used during the interview phase of the project to stimulate thinking about regional vulnerabilies to disasters. Click here to view the hypothetical earthquake scenario or the hypothetical flood scenario.

Case Study Reports: Health Sector Case Study

This report assesses the vulnerability of the health care sector to an earthquake and a flood hazard when considering Infrastructure Failure Interdependencies. Click here for a black and white version of the report.

Case Study Reports: Transportation Sector Case Study

This report assesses the vulnerability of the trasportation sector to an earthquake and a flood hazard when considering Infrastructure Failure Interdependencies. Click here for a black and white version of the report.