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ISO 22393 Security and resilience - Community resilience - Guidelines for planning recovery and renewal

In August 2021, TC 292 published ISO/TS22393 as a fast track publication to meet the market need, in particular, in regards to responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the publication, TC 292 approved a revision project to convert the Technical Specification into a full International Standard.

Some of the issues the work will focus on is:

  • technical comments submitted on ISO/DTS 22393;
  • feedback from ISO/TC 292/WG 5 members, including partnering countries and cities, and
  • learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This document provides guidance on how to develop recovery plans and renewal strategies from a major emergency, disaster or crisis (such as the COVID-19 pandemic). It provides guidelines on how to:

  • identify the short-term, transactional activities needed to reflect and learn;
  • review preparedness of parts of the system impacted by the crisis;
  • reinstate operations to build preparedness, and
  • address the longer-term perspective of recovery, called “renewal”.

This document will focus on the people who have been affected by the crisis, the places where the impact and response has happened, and the processes that have been configured to meet the needs of the response. Key to addressing the people, places and processes is the need to have the right partners to support recovery and renewal and acknowledge the emerging power relations to ensure that meaningful recovery and renewal can happen.

Professor Duncan Shaw of Manchester University (UK), convenor of WG5 and project leader responsible for the development of Duncan Shaw22393 explains:

Civic leaders and organizations need to prepare to think about recovery strategies from early on in the crisis to understand its major effects on the community. Recovery and renewal can aim to establish a new way of life that, in some cases, might resemble life before the crisis but that is also adapted to, and conditioned by, the crisis. For this, it is necessary to learn during the crisis from what happened as well as how communities and organizations in other cities/countries have dealt with similar effects in their context.”

Professor Shaw is also leading a related ESRC funded project - Recovery, Renewal, Resilience  which is supporting local governments across the world on their COVID-19 recovery planning, and producing The Manchester Briefing (www.ambs.ac.uk/covidrecovery) and its database of +600 lessons on COVID-19 recovery and renewal. (https://recoverydatabase.manchester.ac.uk/lessons).