Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines resilience as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.” In emergency management, we often think of a resilience strategy as our systems’ ability to better withstand shocks and recover from these shocks in an improved state. It is the idea of bending without breaking. And when there is a break, there is a quick recovery.
Today, we face rapid urbanization. Disasters are becoming increasingly worse. There are huge economic impacts from natural hazard damages and coastline changes. A resilience strategy can help a community or organization mitigate—or adapt to—these stressors.
Read about one example of our resilience work here. Developing a resilience strategy also includes:
- Long-term strategic planning
- Post-disaster redevelopment planning
- Economic recovery and redevelopment analyses and plans
- Community risk reduction planning
- Climate impact analyses
- Risk reduction planning for vulnerable populations
- Land use and zoning programs
- Communications planning
- Hazards-integrated comparisons for plans/codes
- Insurance coverage
- Feasibility studies
- Risk assessments
- Housing recovery and redevelopment plans
Does your jurisdiction or organization need a resilience strategy? Read some additional information about resilience and our experience in it here.
Outside of emergency management, resilience is a skill that can be taught and learned. Read this case from Harvard Business Review about Martin Seligman’s research teaching resilience, which is being tested by the U.S. Army.
The possibilities are practically endless. Rely on our expertise.