Resilience NEWS

Resilience Week: 13-20 October 2013 

Volunteering Queensland is proud to present Resilience Week, held from 13-20 October 2013. Now in its second year, Resilience Week encourages you to learn about resilience and discuss this with your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Resilience is not only about disaster preparedness, although that’s an important part of it, it’s all about being informed, making connections and taking action. The week recognises that everyone can help build community resilience in their area and that individuals, nonprofits, community groups, businesses, agencies, councils and government all have a role to play. We can all start making small changes now for a more resilient future.

‘After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability’

A new report just released by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has collated the findings of a July 2013 panel of the US’s foremost authorities on real estate and urban planning. The panel convened to evaluate local and federal plans for strengthening community resiliency post-Sandy, and offer guidance on rebuilding efforts.

‘After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability’ offers a comprehensive, practical set of 23 recommendations focused on four areas:land use and development; infrastructure, technology and capacity; finance, investment and insurance; and leadership and governance.

The report’s overriding message is that increased frequency of severe weather events, as well as rising sea levels, are compelling the real estate industry to address climate change by working with the public sector to implement adaptive measures that better protect both the built and natural environment.

Building Resilience into Business Will Benefit People and the Bottom Line 

High levels of emotional and physical resilience – defined as a set of conditions that allow individual adaptation to different forms of adversity, and often characterised as inner strength, fortitude or hardiness – empower employees to cope better with life events. A resilient person is able to cope with challenging situations, at work and outside work, to spring back and often succeed against what might seem to be insurmountable odds.The global recession has created myriad factors that can reduce levels of emotional wellbeing. Tough economic conditions are contributing to job uncertainty, financial stress and family crises. Generally, employers are cost-cutting and demanding more from fewer employees. They want high levels of productivity and performance and often a company’s success depends on the creativity and dependability of the workforce. Employers want resilient employees, who can navigate through uncertainty and ambiguity, can handle change and pressure and have personal coping strategies that mean they can manage their personal stress levels.


10 Cities Most Threatened by Natural Disasters 

For the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. And most of these growing population centers are located on coastlines, where they are more vulnerable to natural disasters. A new report from The Swiss Re Group focuses on the most severe natural disasters confronting 616 of the world’s largest urban areas and assesses the potential impact they have on local residents and the wider economy. These are the 10 cities most threatened by natural disasters. See full story.

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