We must remember Hurricane Michael’s lessons | Opinion
Just four months ago, Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to strike the Florida Panhandle in recorded history. Michael devastated Florida’s Forgotten Coast, roared through Georgia, claimed lives with floodwaters in Virginia, and even impacted areas in southwest Europe.
While Leon County was spared Michael’s catastrophic wind damage, flooding and loss of life, you need only look to our still-recovering neighbors to know Michael cannot be forgotten.
Although the county’s major recovery efforts have concluded, our work continues to ensure we remember every lesson learned from Michael. After each disaster, we listen to the citizens we serve and analyze all aspects of our emergency operations through comprehensive after-action reviews…
6 ways to build resilience and adapt to the stresses in farming
A key focus in this year’s Positive Farmers conference was mental resilience towards the inevitable stressors that each farmer is subject throughout the year.
Speaking about how farmers can best overcome these stresses and become ‘resilient’, Dr. Nollaig Heffernan, of Heffernan Consultancy, spoke about how best to become mentally resilient and how to approach difficult situations within the farming business.
Resilience is the ability to cope with stress, or excess stress in life according to the consultant. She explained that resilience can be developed through experience and training interventions, which can benefit any business.
“A dripping tap will wear a stone, so unfortunately stress can break anyone. Don’t get to that edge, actively work on this to make you more resilient, so it’s not just about making your cows or your grass more resilient, butt taking you as the key tool in your environment and making you shine, making you effective, ad you as resilient…