I’ve been involved in so many emergencies I’ve lost count. Cyclones, floods, bushfires, earthquakes, the occasional tsunami alert. And of course there’s the human made emergencies – often on a smaller scale, but equally confronting.
I’ve been there as a reporter, and increasingly as an emergency broadcaster, delivering alerts before the event and encouraging awareness of recovery efforts long after the emergency is over.
In all of these situations, you hear a lot of talk about “resilience”. It’s probably best described as a measure of our ability to ride the rough times and how long it might take to bounce back. We speak of people showing their resilience, communities that are resilient.
I’ve found the word is used in so many different ways that it’s become a kind of catch-all for “not doing too bad, all things considered”. But there’s much more to resilience than that.
This is a fascinating read from the New Yorker – of particular interest to emergency & disaster responders.