Community Resilience As A Metaphor

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In “Community Resilience as a Metaphor, Theory, Set of Capacities, and Strategy for Disaster Readiness,” Norris and Pfefferbaum define community resilience as “a process of linking a network of adaptive capacities to a positive trajectory of functioning and adaptation after a disturbance. Basically, it is a community’s ability to return to normal after a disaster has occurred. Each community has the ability to return to adapt successfully after a stressor, but the community must be prepared with resources with dynamic attributes. Economic development, social capital, information and communication, and community competence are the four components required for community resiliency. Module 6 on ICONSnet focuses directly on the need for programs to help with community resilience. In this simulation, it has been a month past the attack in the nation’s capital and the community has not returned to normal. Jonathan Wade, an emergency responder, had committed suicide, thus spurring DC to address the mental health issues the area faces after the attack. Media picked up the story and broadcasted it nationally, focusing on “how first-responders cope after tragedies.” The White House created a new task force whose goal was to put together a mental health response plan for the Chinatown Bombings, with the pledge to match private funds with federal funding. The victims are the first that need to be helped, followed by their families. However, the mental health professional community
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