Resiliency is typically defined as the ability to recover quickly. So, what makes a community resilient?
A study completed by Dr. Daniel Adrich took a look at factors into what determined whether a community can or cannot recover. They looked at neighborhoods in Hurricane Katrina and in areas in Japan that had experienced a Tsunami. What they found was the socioeconomics was inconsequential - it didn't matter how rich or poor the community was; whether or not the government came to save the day was not a determining factor either. The key factor in having a resilient community is in social ties; our friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and plethora of volunteers willing to aid the community in times of need. Communities with stronger social ties will have a better ability to recover faster in the event of a disaster.
And during an emergency or disaster, it's very common for citizens to reach out wanting to help - which is great. But most volunteer organizations have an onboarding and training process. The best way residents can assist in the response efforts and help those impacted by the fire is to volunteer and be established as a volunteer before the event happens: which has been proven to boost community resiliency.
Here are a number of organizations that are interacted with during disasters:
The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides a list of available volunteer organizations as a service to the community. However, it is important to note that the inclusion of these organizations on our website does not constitute an endorsement by the OEM. The listing is intended to inform residents about the availability of volunteer services in Yavapai County.
It is the responsibility of individuals to independently assess and verify the credibility and capabilities of these organizations before engaging their services. We encourage residents to exercise due diligence and make informed decisions when interacting with these organizations.