What is ResilScience?

I have the privilege of speaking at the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Disaster Research Center at University of Delaware. As part of this event, each speaker was asked to write a 1000 word thought piece that the disaster research community could read and comment on in person and on the DRC’s website. Although my paper is posted on their …

The Limits of Community Resilience

The last couple posts I’ve made have had a lot of equations or graphs. I figured it’s time to get back to writing about theory, which is really the motivating reason for creating this website. The scholarly literature has a number of conceptual frameworks of community resilience to disasters (for example, Berkes 2007; Cutter et al. 2008; Norris et al. 2008; Bruneau et al., 2003;  Paton and Johnston …

Power Restoration: What’s Fast Enough?

Have you ever had the power go out at your home or your place of work? I think everyone’s hands go up at this question. What’s the longest you’ve gone without power? You in the back: 13 days?! Wow. Personally, I’ve never gone more than a day. I’ve met the people who restore the power …

San Francisco’s 1906 Identity Crisis

At the Natural Hazards Workshop this year, Daniel Aldrich gave a keynote talk about his findings from researching correlations between various variables and community recovery from disasters. In particular, he focused on his awesome empirical study of Kobe’s recovery from the 1995 earthquake. (While its not relevant to this post, he found that proxies of social capital had the greatest …