When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the communities of the Gulf and caused billions of dollars’ worth of property damage and leaving more than 1,200 lives lost in its wake, communities took a significantly long time to rebuild. Nevertheless, rebuilding and restoration efforts led to the Gulf communities flourishing again. The task of rebuilding homes for communities is a massive undertaking and involves the cooperation and coordination of government agencies, charity organizations, building and construction companies, and individual homeowners. It is through this concerted effort that even great adversities can be overcome with ease.
Rebuilding homes for communities starts with a genuine motivation and commitment to help others rebuild their homes. This is particularly true for individuals and families who may have lost everything because of natural calamities. And with global warming producing highly erratic weather patterns, it is not uncommon to see more Katrina-like hurricanes in the future including tornadoes, storm surges, hailstorms, and even earthquakes, all of which bring devastation in their wake. Homes get destroyed and lives changed. However, with the help of charitable institutions and organizations, rebuilding homes for communities is now a lot easier accomplished. These organizations are formed primarily with the aim of helping families rebuild their lives and rebuild their communities often after a natural calamity. They don’t necessarily ask for anything in return except for the assurance that the recipients of the rebuilt homes will take care of their abode as if it was the most precious thing to them.
Companies that have dedicated a certain portion of their investment in helping communities stand up again after a major natural disaster have also begun to increase in number. This is part of their ongoing effort of building corporate social responsibility by giving back to the community that has buoyed their success during trying times. While the aim may be to give back to the community by rebuilding homes for communities, these companies are also increasing their foothold in the competitive business world. Engaging in socially responsible activities can help build a company’s brand image and reputation which is, in this world, a very important asset as almost everyone wants to outdo the other.
Government agencies, while they are mandated by law to provide assistance to families who have lost their homes to natural calamities, also have the opportunity to show the brand of public service that the people really expect them to provide. They need to be able to transcend bureaucratic entanglements to help ensure that the rebuilding efforts proceed as planned, within budget and within the expected time frame.
For individual homeowners who are now the recipients of rebuilt homes, they can only show their appreciation for those who have made the project feasible by making sure they take care of their homes once it is built. This simply means they have to maintain it, clean it, and perform minor repairs if needed. They also have to make sure that it is properly and adequately protected from the elements so that it will have a much better chance of surviving a natural disaster.
Rebuilding homes for communities requires the concerted effort of everyone involved. From charitable organizations to government agencies to construction companies and to individual homeowners. This is very important as what is being built is not just a single house but an entire community.