As relatively large organizations, often with substantial resources, institutions of higher education can partner with emergency management actors and schools to multiply education and outreach to help mitigate local hazards and improve general risk reduction. As an example, students in one university’s graduate course in emergency management collaborated with the American Red Cross and the local school district to implement disaster awareness training to children who then shared lessons with their households. The program indicates the potential for such initiatives to increase household resilience. Therefore, universities can partially fulfill their roles as stewards of place by actively partnering with local emergency management to support disaster education and response to improve the safety of people and places.
Miller, Lee M. and Denham, Magdalena A.
"Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Community-Centric Risk Reduction,"
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