How might we energize young adults to actively engage with their communities in equitable preparation and recovery planning?
The Bight of New York is slammed with a Category Three hurricane, named Godzilla. Students research the probabilities and the likely outcomes of such a storm, for people and property. Sometimes they build scale models of downtown Manhattan in order to visualize the likely damage caused by a 23-foot storm surge and 125 mph winds. Sometimes they map the likely impact zones using computer models. Then they research, "budget," and role-play the various agencies involved, to prioritize and protect. Stretched and exhausted, students come to a new understanding of resilience and what it takes for a community to survive a crisis. Click here to read an article about this simulation in the US Coast Guard Academy Bulletin.
Many, many thanks go out to the US Coast Guard for their advice and leadership (and ADM Thad Allen, former Commandant, who got them into it), the NYC and Westchester Offices of Emergency Management, ret. Port Authority official Gerry Stoughton, local fire officials, our Department Chair John Harrison who plays the Mayor, and our local press who plays, what else, the Press.
"I believe I am a more fearless student now, because it is always stressful to face a situation you have never experienced before, and I did not back down." --Mia