Resilience is about more than strengthening our infrastructure, stabilizing our environment and emergency preparedness. It’s about building individual and community resilience.
We are creatures of habit. The more we practice a skill the better we become at using it. Attitudes are a settled way of thinking that reflects in our behavior. Individual and community resilience comes with a change in attitude from helplessness and pessimism to self-confidence and optimism and a good set of strategies in our toolboxes. Practice applying new Skills & Attitudes to everyday challenges successfully is how we get to self-confidence and optimism.
Connecting and communicating is how neighborhoods and communities become stronger and more resilient during a crisis. One need only look at communities pulling together to accomplish what no individual alone could have. The key is to connect and communicate before disaster strikes. Do you know your neighbors? How about your first responders?
In an effort to build resilient communities, we are facilitating the Southern Maine Resilience Task Force. We wish to bring together a number of volunteers/professionals from diverse populations/vocations for the purpose of connecting, communicating and collaborating on a plan to build more resilient communities.
It is our hope to gather representatives from:
- Law enforcement/first responders
- Public defenders/legal aid
- Corrections/probation & parole
- Human/social services
- Health/mental health providers
- The Immigrant community
- The Disability community
- The Recovery community
- The Homeless community/shelter providers
This is by no means a comprehensive list and we hope that we can gather folks representative of the community we live in.. The goal is simple. To build a stronger more resilient community by building an interdisciplinary support system that works collaboratively to address the challenges faced by each.
We encourage you to establish your own means of building more resilient communities. If you would like to know more about how this develops, join our mailing list and we’ll be happy to keep you informed.