Resilience by definition is the capacity is bounce back when facing adverse situations. Resilience and prevention go hand in hand. When prevention fails or the situation cannot be prevented then resilience is what will get a person through the difficulties they may face. The "Building Community Resilience for Children and Families" identifies not only what resilience is but that is in a lot of circumstances the "thing" that is going to get a community through tough times. Resilience can be defined as early and effective actions so that people can respond to adversity in a healthy manner. Prevention is the forethought-what can I do in case this happens? An effective preventive practice will block an adverse situation, which would mean people would have no need for resilience. Some prevention measure can be for things such as earthquake kits and drill at elementary schools in California. I had my fair share of earthquake training to prevent panic if I ever experienced one. Another prevention measure could be tornado shelter to prevent harm. Although both of these things are put in place to protect people for harm if and when the worse happens no one is really prepared for the devastation that follows. In other words you cannot be prepared for everything all the time therefore resilience will get you through and allow a community to thrive and grow from the change or adverse situation. Therefore any type of disaster where you can only do so much to prevent the worse would be an example of when there is a need for resilience. For example, nothing could have prepared New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina but you look at the community today and see that their resilience is what brought them through. They were able to adapt to the changing circumstance. Although it took many years and not everyone made it through the city is stronger now because of the experience. To be truly resilient a community, person, etc. must pass through change but persist and withstand over time. A more personal kind of hit home example of when resilience is needed could be when you lose a loved one. Nothing can really prepare you for that type of loss whether or not you know it is coming but a person with resilience will over time be able to pick up the pieces and know that it will be okay. They will use resilience to get through a huge life change.
Prevention can come in handy when you are able to anticipate the potential situation. For example, if you have a hurricane warning you can evacuate people before it strikes to prevent harm but what about the situations no one sees coming? For example, we have recently had quite a few attacks on our people-the Boston Marathon bombing and all of the various school shootings that have been happening. I know there are preventive measures put in place to avoid bombing within large crowds or having security guards at schools but nothing can prepare a community for the outcomes. Resilience will get not only the communities through the tragedies but more importantly the families. The "What is Resilience" video went through three properties for what resilience is the one I think best fits is the ability of a community or smaller unit of people or even a person to transform to a different way of life when the current or former way of life is no longer feasible. Adaptation is how we survive and resilience is our ability to adapt. Although, prevention would be the best option if something can be stopped beforehand but if not resilience is a person's only hope to make it through hardship or adversity on any level.