Report: Community connectivity key in crisis management, preparation

A report from the office of the assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in the form of a blog posted on Nov. 7, said communities in which residents and businesses are interconnected tend to be better at crisis management and preparation.

The report said these communities have diversity in partnerships, high levels of trust and the ability to work together. The communities that have developed these three areas can mobilize response efforts quickly, thus lessening the crisis's impact on the population and property.

The social capital — formal and informal connections that bring people together — fosters effective recovery efforts in the long term, Daniel Aldrich, a professor of political science at Purdue University, said. He has studied the effects of social capital and how it relates to crisis management. He has found correlations between social capital and how a community bounces back from a disaster.
The report also said these connections can be challenging to create, but that the benefits can strengthen national security.

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