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.