Written by: Jack Kartez, Senior Advisor/Emeritus Director, New England Environmental Finance Center

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Part 1 of the Resiliency Means Business Blogs presented some core concepts for building water utility sector resilience, with a few links to further tools and information. Part 2, here, introduces you to our on-line Guided Inventory To Tools for Resilience Management, a resource document. This resource guide recaps key messages from our trainings and provides over 30 live hyperlinks to the free tools provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others including the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and our Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) across the nation. You are guided through the landscape of tools and with a mini-course in a few pages, including:

  • Setting a basic framework for resilience management at your enterprise;
  • Identifying vulnerabilities to assets and tools to begin assessing countermeasures;
  • How to approach the challenge of risk prioritization;
  • Getting a handle on climate with usable tools;
  • Becoming cyber-resilient for better security;
  • Hooking into wider networks of external and community partners;
  • Keeping on top of financial resilience, and;
  • Connecting with the national EFC Network for training and technical assistance.

Because resilience encompasses but is more than emergency and disaster planning, a central theme of the resource guide is that all ongoing business and management functions are the foundation of a resilient water, wastewater or stormwater utility.