Houston Community College last week announced what it called a first-in-the-nation Resilience Center. The Center will offer continuing education and certification in seven aspects of resiliency that affect ten industries.
From Virtual to Real-World Similations
Students will experience all the dangers an individual is likely to encounter in a real disaster. Those include “flooded residential streets and commercial areas complete with hazards such as debris, downed power lines, submerged vehicles, and varying light levels that make the challenges all too real.”
Dimensions of resiliency addressed include:
- High-water rescue
- Incident management
- Debris removal
- IT + drones
- Facilities design
- Integrated physical infrastructure
- Additive Manufacturing and materials sciences
- Health sciences
- Public safety
- Natural sciences
- Digital and IT
- Global energy
All Types of Disasters, Not Just Flooding
HCC’s brochure emphasizes that, “Community resiliency is more than responding to major flood events. It includes disasters like fires, oil spills and leaks, pandemics, and freezes. This initiative is about skill mastery for ALL potential disaster scenarios.”
HCC will build the center on its northeast campus. It will accommodate three to four thousand citizens, business people and first responders per year.
“From applied ‘boots-on-the-ground’ training, they’ll experience all the dangers an individual is likely to encounter in a real disaster,” said HCC. “Those dangers include flooded residential streets and commercial areas complete with hazards. Hazards include debris, downed power lines, submerged vehicles, and varying light levels that make the challenges real.” Until the ROC’s completion, HCC will leverage existing facilities, equipment, labs, and classrooms.
Residential Risk Assessment
Students can also sign up for classes in:
- Home risk assessment
- How to support neighbors during emergencies
- The value of insurance.
HCC hopes to complete the $30 million, 65,000 square-foot Resiliency Center in 2024.
Ultimately HCC may offer associate-degree programs around resiliency.
This YouTube video describes the program. It won’t prevent disasters. But it will help us deal with them.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 5/3/2022
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