Pandemic-Resilient Community Planning: 'Practical Ways to Help Communities Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Pandemics and Other Economic, Social and Environmental Shocks' [April 23, 2020]   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "This report explores a pertinent and interesting question. How can we best prepare for the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,' or to use modern terminology, how can we plan communities that are resilient to economic, social and environmental shocks, including pandemics and other disasters? According to popular culture, the best disaster survival plan is to isolate on a private island or rural property. For some people, preparing a secluded bunker with sufficient emergency supplies ('prepping') is a hobby or business. However, for most households this is an ineffective and unrealistic solution. Although an affluent and healthy individual with practical skills and anti-social tendencies may be happy and healthy in rural isolation, most people have responsibilities and dependencies, including work, caregiving, and personal needs that require access to services and activities, and many people find such isolation boring. Analysis described in this report indicates that most people are best off during a disaster living in a walkable urban neighborhood with convenient access to common services and activities, and social connections that provide security and support."

2020 Todd Litman. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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