Disaster City Prepares Rescuers For Haiti-like Scenarios

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

In College Station, teams from around the world train for events like the earthquake in Haiti.

Run by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, Disaster City allows rescuers a hands on learning experience.

Collapsed buildings, piles of rubble and destroyed infrastructure are resources that train rescuers. The biggest hurdle might not be the buildings but the roads.

Billy Parker, program director for TEEX Urban Search & Rescue, says, "The biggest challenge with they first get there is actually getting transportation on site. To the point of where they can be deploying their resources."

"Well our first mission is take care of the people that are likely to survive in the void spaces created by the collapse," says Parker. "Many people may have survived for long periods of time, so we concentrate on those first."

A search and rescue team from Liverpool, England is at Disaster City this week, training in an advanced structure rescue techniques.

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