A combination of factors contributes to resilience.
We live in an ever changing, complex world. The threats from various disasters are often presented as immense in scope and from which there is no escape. Yet, most disasters are actually quite personal. A pipe could burst in your home and suddenly the place in which you feel most secure is inhabitable. Or, a wildfire could race across the countryside, destroying everything in it’s path. All of these experiences could be considered traumatic events.
MySafe:LA works with communities to help them better prepare for the unexpected. People are capable of adapting to life changing and stressful conditions. It’s a process known as resilience – an ongoing series of activities that engages the best in human nature.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, and the tremendous levels of stress associated with those events. Being resilient means you can “bounce back” from any one of those difficult events.
How Can Resilience Be Developed?
A combination of factors contributes to resilience. A number of published studies show that the primary factor in resilience is having caring and supportive relationships. For a family, that means relatives and friends. For a community, it means multiple families, businesses, emergency responders, and others coming together to collaborate, provide leadership where required, to offer encouragement and reassurance to help everyone participate in recovery from any size disaster.
MySafe:LA’s approach to resilience includes training, awareness, and preparation. Key factors include:
The capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out
Practicing for emergencies, and sharing lessons learned
Skills in communication and problem solving
Training in key safety functions, including CPR, bleeding control, and communications with emergency responders
If your community is interested in discovering how to become more resilient, call us today at 213-634-0100, or reach out to us on our contact page.