Resiliency – rebounding after calamity strikes
If you read my blog last week, I talked about the historic flooding in Eureka, Missouri, where I’ve lived for almost 20 years. I was out of town most of the week watching from afar (thank you web and social media). I returned Saturday, just 2 days after the most severe flooding, and it was surreal. Outside of standing water in low areas and very swollen rivers, there was little evidence of the calamity that had just occurred. Astonishing that so much water could come and go so quickly. Fortunately, the community of Eureka, Missouri, and countless others, is resilient.
Resilient – springing back; rebounding (from Dictionary.com). Resiliency – the state of being resilient exists for people and their attitudes, both individually and as communities. Resiliency also exists for buildings, roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure.
Resiliency shows up in the spirit of the community when misfortune, or even disaster, strikes. Resiliency is practiced in having a plan – that Plan B. Do you have an evacuation route in case of flood or hurricane? Do you have survival essentials in your home? A communication plan after a tornado or earthquake? I personally don’t believe in obsessing about this stuff – it will be what it will be, yet getting a few basic plans in order is good insurance. Speaking of insurance, resiliency includes being sure your insurance coverage is in order.
Lastly, resiliency may be practiced by doing things in ways more likely to endure a calamity. Building and rebuilding our homes and businesses in areas out of harm’s way is a first step. Adding resilient features such as foundation anchors and roof straps among others, helps a structure to stay put when it is in harm’s way. Matter of fact, there are resilient building practices and organizations. Building “green” typically encompasses practices that often make a structure more resilient and independent.
With more and more extreme weather around the world, resiliency is a key factor in how we cope. It really doesn’t matter if you believe that climate change is to blame or not, the effects are already felt in our crazy weather. Our physical world is changing fast and we need to find ways to slow it down enough so that it does not impact human well-being so dramatically.
Remember that each of us can do our bit to help out – now and for the future. Live a little greener, help a neighbor or a community. For those interested in helping the St. Louis area flood victims, KSDK, one of our news stations, offered this list of ways to help.
I look forward to working with you today and in the future to find our own resiliency and take actions to cope with the ever increasing need for it.
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Marla Esser Cloos Marla inspires and educates about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. Her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes, HomeNav.com, and work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, provides her a unique perspective to help people realize the true values of green homes as safer, healthier and more comfortable homes. Marla founded and co-hosts the Green Gab Podcast, on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network and GreenHomeCoach.com. She blogs on Green Home Coach and Proud Green Home. Her articles have appeared in Green Home Builder, Building Women and The Healthy Planet and she is the author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home from NAHB Builder Books. www