Local Resilience of CWS and Severe Weather Patterns
communities who need to define and agree upon a resilience plan. To respond to this need, an on-line decision
support system tool for deliberative risk ranking was tested on the Community Water Systems of two coastal
communities in the US. This tool, by breaking down the risk ranking process into phases, reconciles local
experiences with recorded hazard scenarios. Water system risks defined and prioritized qualitatively in a first
phase, are recursively compared to the effects that past local hazards had on the local community. The process
enables communities to prepare for climatologically induced changes in natural hazards by helping them to
prioritize the benefits they receive from local vulnerable systems and resources.