A community is made up of many parts. Leveraging and strengthening its resources is the key to a communities longevity, durability, and endurance.
Knowledge, technology, and building science have given us the tools to prepare for, and mitigate against, the weather threats we will face.
To face these threats, we have to be resilient. Resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and adapt to adverse events. Hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, or flooding affect us all. We know these things are coming and we need to face them head on by enacting new policies and improving building codes and standards proactively. By doing this, communities can build, and build back, to a higher standard.
Building resilient reduces the risk of loss, impacts on economies, infrastructure, and residents, and allows people to get back to normal quicker. Maybe even improve "normal.”
Let's face it, we’ve been stuck in a cycle of “rinse and repeat” when we get hit by a natural disaster and we build back using the same old standards. This can't continue, we need a new way; we must build resilient.