Blog 5: Community Resilience
Norris identified 21 definitions of resilience in his article Community Resilience as a Metaphor, Theory, Set of Capacities, and Strategy for Disaster Readiness. I believe that Cole’s definition from 2004 is the best, it defines resilience as…
A community’s capacities, skills, and knowledge that allow it to participate fully in recovery from disasters.
Norris believes that community resilience emerges from economic development, social capital, information and communication, and community competence. This video I found goes into greater detail of what a resilient community looks and sounds like. Communities test their resilience after a disaster and communication is key in trying to get the citizens back into a normal, working groove. Two of the most important things that can get a community back on their feet quickly include having an effective communication system set up already set up and having a communication system that can be trusted.
Having an effective communication infrastructure already set up is key to making sure that a community can bounce back from a disaster quickly. An effective communication structure allows authorities and victims to express important information and relay messages back and forth to each other. With effective communication people can turn a huge disaster into a minor one. It is also important for the community to listen to those with authority so that nobody gets hurt or killed.
Having reliable information is also key in a post disaster community. Without reliable information citizens may not listen to those in charge and those in charge may not have any idea what is going on. In short I believe this quote can summarize this section nicely.
A trusted source of information is the most important resilience asset that any individual or group can have.
There are many different ways to get ahold of people after a disaster, each with their own pros and cons. That is why it is important to tailor your message to different audiences and use a plethora of media types. Everyday revolutions are being made in the way we communicate, it only makes sense that disaster communication evolves as well.