GSDM’s Approach to Resilience Planning
The approach of many public, private and civil society actors in preparing for and responding to disaster events is often short-term crisis / emergency management. Though such approaches should form an integral part of any resilience planning, on their own they are likely to be less efficient and effective than more integrated approaches, leading to the increased likelihood of some disaster impacts occurring, often with more extensive loss and damage than might otherwise have been the case.
In addition, many actors rely primarily or solely on technological developments in response to identified threats, risks and hazards. Such technology, however, can be very costly to procure and can quickly become outdated in an often rapid landscape of novel and emerging technologies. In order to be most effective, it is essential that any technological solutions form an integral part of comprehensive resilience planning, that is more agile to respond quickly to evolving gaps and vulnerabilities.
GSDM’s innovative and dynamic approach to resilience planning has a number of unique factors.
(1) In contrast with standard approaches, which separate out important security from disaster management related considerations, its approach integrates all relevant factors to ensure that comprehensive understanding and analysis underpin all resilience planning and preparedness to maximise its effectiveness. This is critical when managing man-made and technological risk which often inherently involves interconnected security and disaster risk issues.
(2) It works with clients to develop not only effective short-term crisis / emergency management responses, but also medium to longer term approaches aimed at preventing and mitigating the potential impacts of any disaster events. Ultimately, these will improve resilience, thereby reducing the level of any resultant damage and loss (notably financial, civil and criminal liability, litigation, reputational, public / client confidence).
(3) Its approach aims to identify and address existing gaps and vulnerabilities. This includes through the adoption of multi-hazard approaches, where appropriate, which better integrate the preparedness and responses of often reasonably foreseeable concurrent or cascading disaster effects. A current significant vulnerability for many entities is that identified threats, risks and hazards are often approached in a siloed individual rather than fully integrated manner which can create unnecessary gaps.
GSDM’s Resilience Planning Services
GSDM offers six key service areas for resilience planning. Its approach can be adapted to any specific threat, risk, hazard or vulnerability issue (such as cyber risk, drone management or autonomous transportation), all critical national infrastructure, business continuity requirements, and geographical contexts.