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What is true resilience and how do we achieve it?

Cardno’s Global Senior Principal and resilience expert, Mick Bilney, has published his insights in the latest edition of The Military Engineer about resilience and the world’s level of preparedness for events which can have severe impacts. The Military Engineer (TME) is the official publication of the Society of American Military Engineers. TME is the leading voice championing the contributions, achievements, and the legacy of military engineers and those aligned with ensuring the national security of the United States.

In the article, Mick discusses resilience strategies for low-likelihood events through to weather events that are becoming more destructive.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown people around the world that a once considered ‘low-likelihood event’ can cause extreme disruption if the severity of the consequences of such an event are not properly understood or at least considered during planning.

“Resilience is not about avoiding every risk, it is about being able to anticipate, prepare for, protect from, respond to, adapt, recover and then return to an acceptable level of function after a disruption occurs.” ~ Mick Bilney

We've also witnessed severe weather events wreak havoc on communities, from bushfires in Australia to multiple tornados and floods throughout the United States and Europe. As they become the “new normal”, we need to realign our thinking and planning to ensure we are considering the potentially severe impacts these events could have.

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Mick’s article outlines that these events are demonstrating the need to analyze vulnerabilities to hazards and increase resilience and speed of recovery.


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Global Senior Principal, Mick Bilney

Mick Bilney is a Global Senior Principal in Asset Management and Resilience. He has been with Cardno for 15 years, working on worldwide projects in Asset Management and Resilience. Mick brings insights gained from his diverse client base (NASA, NOAA, US Department of State, Department of Energy, USAID, the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, and the Australian Defence Department, and the private sector), to new clients to help them solve problems and be more successful.

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