Why community resilience?

Why focus on children?

Emergency response plans often fail to address the specific needs of children and their families before, during and after disasters. Children’s institutions such as daycare centers and schools are left out of the equation, and may not have the resources and capacity to provide safe, non-traumatic sheltering and displacement services. Studies show that slow recovery can delay the return to normalcy that kids need, and the long-term impact can be devastating.

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability of communities or individuals to cope with, respond to, and quickly recover from a disaster or emergency which may have a broad community impact. Research has shown that the quicker children can return to school and a normal routine, the faster the community itself can recover.