What Does a Resilient Community Look Like?

Residents of Solebury Township, PA, and many other Pennsylvania communities recently suffered through a multi-day power outage following a severe ice storm. Blown transformers and sub-stations caused power surges in homes, damaging heating systems, computers, televisions and appliances. People turned to wood-burning stoves for heat and visited their fire houses for WiFi and showers. And they waited, for days on end, for someone to let them know when life would return to normal. All this took place as many Southern states experienced unusual back-to-back snow and ice storms and California prepared for water rationing.

If events like these were rare, we could be excused for commenting on the crazy weather and then returning to our lives once power was restored. But we all know that extreme weather has become the norm. The Delaware River Valley has endured three lengthy power outages in as many years. And when we’re not experiencing violent weather here, we’re witnessing it on the news as yet another reporter says “Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power for days” following snow storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, mud slides and other biblical-size disasters.   Read more

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