What is Resilience?
Capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.
What is a shock?
Sudden and sharp event that threatens a city. Examples: Earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks, or terrorist attacks
What is a stress?
Event that weakens the fabric of a city on a daily or cyclical basis. Examples include overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system, endemic violence, or chronic food and water shortages.
City life can be tough. Stressors like our limited public transportation, heavy car traffic, food deserts, and income inequality only make it tougher for many Atlantans. Add to that the occasional shocks of extreme weather such as intensive rain, and cities like ours face our fair share of challenges.
But we are becoming resilient. Being resilient means we can survive, adapt and grow no matter what challenges are in front of us. As unique 21st century problems continue to present themselves, such as climate change or social inequality, Atlanta needs to continually improve how we use resources, make decisions, and adopt alternative strategies in response to those challenges.
And we’re improving all the time.
Last fall, we held a Community Resilience Workshop to explore environmental hazards, health effects of climate change, social issues, and other challenges such as our aging infrastructure, transportation, potential for disease outbreak, and much more.
We received a grant to establish Stephanie Stuckey Benfield as our Chief Resilience Officer; technical support, services and partners to help us develop a holistic resilience strategy; and membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network to share knowledge with other member cities.
The first phase in this process is gathering citywide feedback through community conversations and our Resilient Atlanta survey. We are encouraging everyone who lives, works, and plays in Atlanta to take this survey, which will determine the top priorities for Atlanta’s future resilience plan.