Community Resilience

Resilience can be defined as “the ability of a system to absorb shock and maintain its structure and functions with a minimum loss and resume pre-event functionality in a relatively short time.” Resilience occurs through the complete life cycle of a disaster, beginning with mitigation, continuing with response, short-term, and long-term recovery. Mitigation begins again in rebuilding. Resilience shortens the period of time between the disaster and full recovery. Resilient communities happen at multiple scales, ranging from the individual, neighborhood, community, city, county, and region to the state and federal levels. Resilient communities are adaptable, with the ability to “build back better” after a disaster. Lastly, being resilient means combining aspects of environmental sustainability, economic strength, risk management, emergency preparedness, and strong social communities to build a better community, with or without a disaster.

Last updated: 04.05.2017