FEMA PrepTalks: Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation & Recovery

FEMA PrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thoughts leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years.”  “In this PrepTalk, Dr. Daniel Aldrich explains how social ties are the critical aspect of resilience in immediate survival, in mental health, and in community recovery.  Despite common assumptions that money, governance, level of damage, and inequality are the most important determinants of recovery,  Aldrich demonstrates that disaster resilience comes from internal factors:  How connected are we?  How much trust do we have in each other?  How often do we work together?”


“Like two individuals exposed to the same disease,  recovery may have more to do with the quality of the host than the nature of the illness.  Communities with more trust, civic engagement, and stronger networks can better bounce back after a crisis than fragmented, isolated ones ”  – Daniel P. Aldrich, “Fixing Recovery: Social Capital in Post-Crisis Resilience



Relevant Links: 

FEMA PrepTalks Homepage

PrepTalks:  Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Webpage