What is Resilens?

Realising European ReSiliencE for CritIcaL INfraStructure (RESILENS) is a 3-year project funded by the EU Commission under Horizon 2020. It aims to develop a user-friendly, European Resilience Management Guideline (ERMG) which is based on established principles of risk management and vulnerability reduction. It is hoped that the uptake of these principles will help organisations and regions better prepare their Critical Infrastructure (CI) for crisis and disaster management.

Recent years have brought numerous disasters and crises that, in hindsight, clearly demonstrate the potential benefit of more resilient CIs and social processes. Examples include the SARS and H1N1 pandemic outbreaks in 2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Eyjafjallajökull eruptions in 2010, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Compared to the past, these disasters challenge society in terms of dealing with the unexpected, large-scale, highly interconnected society and trans-boundary nature of events involving different countries, many private and public stakeholders and high expectations from citizens.

The aim of the project is to provide an integrated solution to identify, develop and operationalise resilience approaches and methods to assist CI stakeholders in preparing for and mitigating, responding to and recovering from likely disasters and crises. CI stakeholders include CI managers, government, regional and local authorities, responders and end users.

Resilens consists of three resources based on a simple platform:

  1. ERMG – European Resilience Management Guidelines
  2. ReMMaT – Resilience Management Matrix and Audit Toolkit
  3. Elearning Hub

RES-DSP – RESILENS Decision Support Platform

The ERMG provides CI organisations with guidelines for managing the resilience of their CIs. It provides the ability to deal with the range of central issues associated with CI resilience management in a generic and straightforward manner. This ability is expressed in the following:

  • presentation of the CI resilience management methodology as a cycle and the provision of a common language for CI resilience management
  • an explanation of resilience including the reasons and considerations behind CI resilience management
  • guidelines on how to assimilate resilience management in their organisations

The web-based ReMMAT is a combination of tools and methodologies designed to operate in a logical progression as a “single functioning unit”. The aim is to provide a resilience assessment function, a resilience evaluation function and an Audit tool aimed at providing guidance to the CI operators on the interpretation of their obtained resilience scores.

The eLearning hub has been designed to have a simple interface that is simple to use and easy to navigate. Learning resources are grouped into the same topics as with the ERMG chapters to make navigation and links across the resources easier for users. The eLearning hub includes a searchable data repository where additional data items can be stored and accessed by users. The completed section on Risk management is designed as a proof of concept and it is planned that the eLearning content and the data repository will be updated over time as part of the development of the Resilens resources.


  • A practical suite of tools that can improve the CI resilience of any organisation
  • Enables organisations and regions to check their State of Readiness
  • Enables organisations to evaluate and run an audit on their CI systems
  • Provides data for modelling cascade events across multiple organisations
  • Provides training and guidance for all staff on the principles of risk management
  • Used in workshops across organisations / Groups to test scenarios and assumptions
  • An integrated suite of tools that includes guidance, training and assessment in one package
  • Share outcomes with associated organisations – one unified approach stops planning in silos
  • Supported by WDT consultancy/expertise

We’d like you to join us…

The project is now complete, and we would like to showcase, demonstrate and get your feedback on the RESILENS tools, we would like to invite you to attend a special webinar on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

The webinar will allow you to be one of the first people in the UK to access to the RESILENS tools, as we demonstrate the outputs from the project, the key benefits of these tools and look at how these could be useful for you and your organisation.

We hope with your help, that the workshop will help us to understand how these could be developed to help the UK’s Justice sector. We value your feedback and hope you can join us.

Who may find this useful: Blue light services and local government – Critical Incident (CI) Responders, Major Incident Responders, CI Planners, CI Partners and any employee whose role is related to critical incidents.

Date: Tuesday 11th December 2018
Start time:11.00 am
Finish time: 1.00 pm