Measuring and monitoring resilience in Auckland

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Paton, D. 2007 Measuring and monitoring resilience in Auckland. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2007/18 79 p.

Abstract: Recognition that some people and groups adapt better than others to the loss and destruction associated with disaster has stimulated a need to develop this resilient capability. To do so, emergency planners must be able to identify the individual and community characteristics that predict resilience. The goal of this project was to identify from the large number and diversity of factors that could be implicated, a parsimonious and cost-effective resilience model. A generic model that comprised personal, community and institutional indicators was proposed. A generic model was selected to accommodate the social and hazard diversity that underpins Auckland’s complex natural hazard risk context. A volcanic scenario was selected to ensure that the risk is evenly distributed amongst all Auckland residents. This is a prerequisite for the development of a model capable of providing Regional applicability. The variables selected had all demonstrated a capacity to predict an ability to adapt. This project represents the first time that their collective role has been systematically examined. The assessment of their collective role is essential if the model is to be used to assess this complex social phenomenon. Data were collected using a telephone survey of 400 residents. (auth)