Emergent Resilience for Health, Community, and Our Climate
Kevin Gallagher (KG): One of the first steps as a society would be to rebuild a sense of belonging and community. As a result of a system that only values that which can be measured and accounted for financially, we live in a society that experiences chronic loneliness as human existence has been degraded over time. Humans are tribal beings and yet the human experience has over the last ten millennia devolved from communal living within a tribe marked by many close relationships, to clans, to extended families, and then to nuclear families. Today, even healthy nuclear families are an exception and far too many people live lives of isolation in which they experience an excruciating lack of healthy human relationships…
Earthquake preparedness – where do we start?
he Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 1,000-kilometer long fault off the west coast of the United States that stretches from British Columbia to Northern California and separates the Juan de Fuca plate from the North American plate. This fault has the potential to generate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that could cause significant damage with large-scale housing loss and economic consequences.
While residents of the Pacific Northwest have been hearing about “the big one” since the famous 2015 New Yorker article, this story aims not to focus on the hazard itself, but on the ways that individuals can prepare themselves, the role government can play in community preparedness, and an overview of the importance of equitable seismic retrofits for community disaster recovery planning.
Personal preparedness is in two parts: 1) supplies; and 2) structural improvements. The first part (supplies) can be approached through the documents provided by the emergency management offices in Benton County and Linn County to make sure you, your family, and your neighbors are prepared…