Katie Belfi

What is Disaster Resilience? Is Your Community Ready?

Disaster resilience is the ability of individuals, communities, organizations, and states to adapt to and recover from hazards, shocks, or stresses without compromising long-term prospects for development. According to the Hyogo Framework for Action, disaster resilience is determined by the degree to which individuals, communities, and public and private organizations can organize themselves to learn from past disasters and reduce their risks to future ones, at international, regional, national, and local levels.

Disaster resilience is part of the broader concept of resilience – ‘the ability of individuals, communities and states and their institutions to absorb and recover from shock whitelist positively adapting and transforming their structures and means for living in the face of long-term changes and uncertainty.
In conceptual terms, vulnerability and disaster resilience are closely related. Some authors see vulnerability as the opposite of disaster resilience, while others view vulnerability as a risk factor and disaster resilience as the capacity to respond. 

 Shannon Kendall Thank You for Your Service

The emergency management profession lost a member due to complications from COVID-19. Shannon Kendall was the Joint Emergency Services Coordinator for the cities of Colton and Loma Linda. Shannon was a military veteran that served in the United States Air Force.

Shannon Kendall

Shannon was a CERT Instructor and CERT Program Manager that helped teach not only CERT Basic, but also served on the San Bernardino County CERT TTT instructor cadre, which hosted state-approved CERT TTT courses and trained instructors from throughout parts of Southern California. 

In addition, Shannon served as a board member for the local Red Cross chapter and had been deployed with the Red Cross on multiple occasions, most notably to the US Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria and to South Carolina for Hurricane Florence.

Shannon touched the lives of many. His passing is a tremendous loss to the community and emergency management profession. 

He is survived by his wife and four children.