Disaster resiliency not just about building stronger structures
NATURAL calamities that hit the Visayas in late 2013 left damage of catastrophic proportions -- lives lost, homes washed away and centuries-old structures reduced to rubble.
It’s been three months since the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on October 15 and Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8. With the need to feed people already addressed, one question in survivors’ minds remains, begging for an answer: If this is the new normal, what should we do to make sure we survive the next one that comes along?
Disaster resiliency is not just about building stronger structures that can withstand a major earthquake, Yolanda-like winds and rains or more intense natural calamities. (See “What is the New Norm?”)
Architect Ma. Lourdes Onozawa, co-convenor of the Movement for Livable Cebu, defines disaster resiliency as one’s ability to anticipate, minimize and absorb potential stresses or destructive forces through adaptation or resistance; maintain certain basic functions and structures during disastrous events; and recover or “bounce back” after an event.