Enhancing Community Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges
Philip L. Chaney*
Department of Geology and Geography, Auburn University, Auburn, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Philip L. Chaney
Department of Geology and Geography
Auburn University, Auburn
AL 36849, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 23, 2012; Accepted Date: July 26, 2012; Published Date: July 28, 2012
Citation: Chaney PL (2012) Enhancing Community Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges. J Geogr Nat Disast 2:e106. doi: 10.4172/2167-0587.1000e106
Copyright: © 2012 Chaney PL. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The concepts of vulnerability and resilience have drawn much attention from hazards managers and researchers, including intensive scrutiny of their meaning and scope. Some consider them to be separate issues while others view them as interrelated. Even the tasks of reducing vulnerability and enhancing resilience have been described as opposite sides of the same coin. Either way, most agree that identifying areas of vulnerability is simply not enough --we need to use that information to make meaningful changes that will improve the situation for future events.