It’s often thought that resiliency is only about disasters, which is understandable given the dramatic impacts of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, failed infrastructure, even human-caused disasters — not to mention the more subtle threats posed by extreme temperatures and rising seas. But resiliency today is more than simply springing back after a disruptive event, it’s also about finding ways to make everyday life better.

 

Beyond maintaining business continuity during a disruptive event, the benefits of “everyday resiliency” are abundant, and possibly surprising: lifetime cost savings, operational advantages and an improved human experience, among others. Done thoughtfully, these goals can even be accomplished with limited resources.

 

When communities are resilient every day, they will also be resilient that one day when it matters most.

Everyday resiliency strengthens communities and organizations in three key ways: