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Coronavirus: Working Together for Community Resiliency

Coronavirus: Working Together for Community Resiliency


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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Major emergencies are often terrifying ordeals for the individuals who survive them. While episodes of looting and violence certainly can erupt during a major event such as the current coronavirus pandemic, there is also a lot of research to indicate that individuals band together during major emergencies.

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We certainly saw this community cohesion during Hurricane Katrina, and we’re seeing it again during the coronavirus pandemic. By working together, we lessen the burden of new coronavirus cases on American hospitals.

Coronavirus Pandemic: How People and Communities Are Helping Each Other

People coming together is vital to emergency management of the coronavirus pandemic – particularly during this critical time. On Facebook, for instance, there has been educational post after post about “flattening the curve.”

Similarly, politicians at all levels of government throughout the country, including President Trump, have urged residents to practice social distancing in an effort to lessen the growth of coronavirus cases.

Grocery Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for Senior Citizens

Considering that the coronavirus is particularly dangerous for the elderly population, multiple grocery stores have put together special hours to help those individuals shop with less risk of infection. For instance, senior citizens can shop in the early morning hours when the store is at its cleanest and has the widest product selection.

Social Media Featuring Memes to Thank Trucking, Health and Grocery Store Industry Workers

Memes focusing on thanking those in the trucking, health and grocery industries have also surfaced on social media. These memes put the focus on commemorating the individuals in society who are working hard to get the U.S. through this crisis.

Community Resiliency Will Help Us during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Essentially, our country is demonstrating community resiliency. That will help us to weather this serious health crisis.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.