ISO 22392 Security and resilience - Community resilience - Conducting peer reviews for disaster risk reduction
This project will develop an International Standard giving guidelines on general issues in conducting peer reviews of community resilience and design a peer review tool to assess community preparedness for disasters. It will also describe how to implement the peer review tool and design the methodology to assess its impact. The standard will be applicable to all types and sizes of organizations, whether large or small, public or private, listed or unlisted, not-for-profit or for-profit.
Duncan Shaw (UK), the project leader responsible for writing ISO 22392, explains:
“Local organizations and governments are closest to citizens and communities, playing a vital role in responding to emergencies and delivering essential services which must be resilient to disasters. To respond to calls to prevent and prepare communities for disasters, local organizations need better access to policies, tools and rigorous, expert critique. Self-assessment tools on how well prepared they are for disaster are available but are often cumbersome to apply. Peer reviews are also important – here a peer review is an independent evaluation of DRR practices by others working in the same field. Peer review of community mechanisms could offer a transparent assessment, adding clear value to building local and national resilience. These peer review methods could be used by local governments to assist community resilience organizations in reflecting on, assessing and improving their preparedness for disaster."
Working Group 5 is responsible for this project and is looking for more experts with expertice in disaster risk reduction. If you wish to join the project team, please contact your National Standards Body.