“Resiliency” contains two main concepts: resistance to disruption (call it “preventive resiliency”) and the ability to regain an acceptable level of function more quickly after a disruption (call it “reactive resiliency”). Preparedness or Resilience is the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth. When severe weather damages airports and seaports, local and regional communities face a cascade of hardships extending far beyond the original crisis. Medical evacuations are delayed. Food and supplies cannot reach vulnerable populations. Regular trade slows or stops, resulting in long-term economic distress.
Why Airports And Seaports?
While some LAC ports currently employ disaster resilience strategies, very few, if any, are fully optimized: local and regional planning, training, drilling, and exercising of standard operating procedures (SOPs) are still evolving. PReP’s accelerated port restoration plan can be of tremendous benefit in fostering disaster resilience in the LAC region by implementing a fully integrated strategy involving ports, state coordinators, government agencies, NGOs, logistics firms, and other stakeholders. Helping disaster-stricken countries reopen ports as quickly as possible restores the flow of vital humanitarian aid and speeds economic recovery, saving lives and livelihoods.