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Following the sheer devastation of Hurricane Maria, and faced with the reality of a changing climate, people from across the Caribbean share their stories of loss, but also their hope and determination to rebuild their home better than it was before.

This video was debuted at the Opening Ceremony of the Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean Conference, held in Barbados from May 27 – 31, 2019. UR Caribbean brought together close to 500 participants representing over 20 Caribbean countries to tackle disaster risk in the region and determine actionable steps to take to build resilience.

While people vary dramatically in the coping skills they use when confronting a crisis, researchers have identified some key characteristics of resilience.

Many of these skills can be developed and strengthened, which can improve your ability to deal with life’s setbacks. Resilient people are aware of situations, their own emotional reactions and the behavior of those around them. In order to manage feelings, it is essential to understand what is causing them and why. By remaining aware, resilient people can maintain control of a situation and think of new ways to tackle problems.

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