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Blog 5: The Importance of a Strong Community Resilience

In the article written by Norris et. al, the idea of resilience is discussed and how that resilience can be used in a community after a disaster strikes. The article defines resilience many ways, but they all share a common theme and that is the ability to overcome something. This is especially true when talking about communities. Imagine the tornado that hit Joplin hit Columbia instead. Columbia is a community of its own. If a tornado of great destruction were to hit Columbia, the community would come together to bring the city back to its feet again. In other words, Columbia would demonstrate community resilience.

A quote from the article that really stuck out to me is as follows:

[Community resilience is] the ability of individuals and communities to deal with a state of continuous, long term stress; the ability to find unknown inner strengths and resources in order to cope effectively; the measure of adaptation and flexibility (Norris et. al).

I thought this was interesting because it’s talking about what the community needs to do as a whole after a disaster. Obviously there are going to be long term effects when trying to plow through the after math of a disaster. It’s up to the community to come together as one to take care of the community they call home.

Below is a video of Jim McGowan talking about how he sees resilience within communities.

From this video, we can take out some strategies towards having a resilient community. People need to understand:

  • What they need to do when a disaster strikes
  • Who to call during the disaster
  • And what to expect during the aftermath of the disaster

Obviously there are many more ways for a community to strengthen their resilience, but these seem to be the main point of it all. I think a major way to strengthen a community’s resilience towards a disaster is to be in constant communication with one another. Communication is key, especially during a crisis. Without a community communicating with one another during a crisis, buildings may be destroyed and, at worst, innocent lives may be lost. Because of this, it’s almost dumb of communities to not practice resilience during a crisis.

  1. April 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm

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