In order for community resilience to grow, it requires each of us to be teachers and students. Educating family, friends, and neighbors on preparedness actions and resilience whenever an appropriate opportunity arises is a role we must all have to move our community forward. Our other responsibility is to learn. Community resilience is complex and looks different for each person, neighborhood, or community. Learning about the variety of stressors and shocks individuals and communities experience and the strategies that can help mitigate these impacts, is another way to move our community forward.
Sadly, on January 13, 2021, Shenandoah Valley Project Impact (SVPI) lost one of our best teachers, Phyllis Staton Campbell, at 83 years old. Phyllis was a professional, published author, accomplished musician and vocalist, and engaging story teller. Phyllis was blind since childhood. Phyllis participated on the SVPI steering committee from its beginning in 2000 until it disbanded. Since then she has been a trusted advisor.
All these years, Phyllis has openly shared her personal experiences, strategies, and the tools she used to deal with severe weather and emergencies without sight. Her self-taught preparedness skills rivaled the “smartest” survival guides on the bookshelves. We incorporate Phyllis’ teachings in our public awareness programs to this day. Phyllis will be missed by many for her lively spirit and constant acts of kindness. I will continue to be a teacher and student to honor her memory.
Do you have an opportunity this month where you can educate or learn about resilince?