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.