Resiliency Roundup for November 23rd, 2015

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Community Resilience  Community resilience to climate change: An evidence review : The concept of community resilience to climate change in the UK has a diverse range of meanings and associated activities. This review of evidence … (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) Energy Democracy: Inside Californians’ Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power : There are clean job alternatives, like Community Choice energy, and this … Read More

Community Resiliency Overview

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Resilience, is often framed as the length of time it takes to “recover” from a shock to the structure (i.e. hazard/disaster). There is an over emphasis on the speed of recovery versus the quality of recovery. (Haas, Kates and Bowden 1977/Olshansky 2008). With that said, community resilience is the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, … Read More

ACP Chair Remembers Katrina +10

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Fellow ACP Members, As many of you know, I am a proud native New Orleanian and with the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina I was asked to write a quick submission to our newest ACP website addition “member spotlight”. I look forward to reading each of your reflections as we move onward with this project. Hurricane Katrina for New … Read More

Engagement, Changing the Dialogue

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I had a very interesting conversation the other day about one of the major tenants of resilience, engagement.  For a community to be resilient each member must be engaged, they have to feel as if they have a voice and that their voice matters. Today we are more connected than ever, we have instant access to all types of information. But are we really engaged? … Read More

Business Resiliency

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As a small business owner, I sometimes wonder what I have gotten myself into. Can you relate? I have been an entrepreneur for many years and I have struggled to keep myself positive and proactive even in the face of major adversity.  I thought nothing bad could happen to me, until it did. I had a successful business then on August 23, 2005, my … Read More

Creating the “Habit of Resiliency”

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 Individual resilience includes nuances that readiness does not.Because I live in New Orleans, we tend to think of readiness as Hurricane Preparedness. It is during this time that we are constantly reminded of what we must do to be prepared if/when the next big one comes. So for 6 months out of the year we prepare ourselves by stocking our bottled water, canned foods and … Read More

History of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

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The CERT program started in Los Angeles, California before making its journey across the United States and abroad. Officials from LA traveled to Japan in February of 1985 to study its disaster response plans. The team discovered that Japan had extensive training programs that were neighborhood-based, focusing on fire suppression, light search and rescue operations, first aid, or evacuation. The LA group traveled to Mexico … Read More