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Community Resiliency Efforts after Hurricane Michael

Community Resiliency Efforts after Hurricane Michael


By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle this past October, devastating Panama City and other local communities. More than 200 911 emergency calls were recorded in one 24-hour period and the storm also caused the cancellation of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Gulf County.

Months after the disaster, the Gulf Coast is still reeling from Michael’s impact. It will take years for the area to fully recover and rebuild.

But despite overwhelming national media coverage of Hurricane Michael, there has been little coverage or discussion about the rebuilding efforts now that the storm has passed.

Gulf Coast Areas Will Learn Community Resiliency Lessons from Hurricane Michael

Community resilience is based on the notion that a damaged community bounces back faster if recovery networks are in place. For example, churches, schools and community centers are venues where local networks can be created to help families and individuals.

Local  Gulf Coast recovery networks likely will be developed to prepare for future storms. The aftermath of Hurricane Michael will teach communities resiliency lessons that will allow emergency managers and residents to work more effectively when those storms occur.


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, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is also trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard and a Lifeguard Instructor. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.