LU Group will conduct trainings on crime and disaster recovery

With a series of upcoming trainings and workshops, Lamar University Recovery and Resilience Academy (RRA) is on a mission to ensure that the local community is prepared and educated on not only natural disaster preparedness, but also the post-disaster crime control, writes LU. Shelbe Rodriguez.

“These events were created to help our local community, especially nonprofits in the Southeast Texas region, as they are our stakeholders,” said Dr. Cheng-Hsien Lin, Associate Professor and director of criminal justice. “Our community has faced natural disasters almost every year, or every two years. Although our primary emergency resource is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it does not always have enough staff to help those in need. So we are trying to provide training to local community leaders that will educate them on how to better prepare for future natural disasters. »

The workshops are designed to provide a learning platform that integrates academic outcomes with Southeast Texas law enforcement practices, emergency management and Southeast Texas officials, combat against domestic terrorism, mass violence, extremist ideology, hurricanes and floods, and school and church shootings.

Lin said this particular workshop will advise the local community on the risks they might face when a disaster strikes the area and what situations might arise right after.

“When a disaster strikes, we always think about evacuating or finding a safer place to go, but we really should prepare and be prepared for what’s to come,” he said. “Think about it – when we evacuate our local community, people in care homes or people with disabilities often have to stay. There are always individuals left behind. We need to identify people who need help and we We need to educate these people about resources, where they can go and who they can call when they need help.

Dr. Chiung-Fang Chang, the academy’s senior PI, said that this will be the first series of its kind organized by the academy, but that in the future they hope to become a “center of ‘information’ for the Southeast Texas community. times of need.

“We hope to get some guidance from community leaders on things we may not be aware of when it comes to disasters and to understand how we can help,” Lin said. “We want to continue these trainings for the community and find out what they need. The more we know, the better we can prepare to help them and we can recover more quickly from disasters.

The RRA is sponsored by the Center for Resiliency at Lamar University in the State of Texas, with the ultimate goal of bringing together stakeholders from many disciplines to work in tandem with the local community to provide information on disaster preparedness. emergency situations and ways to mitigate potential losses. and damage.

In September, the group will host a community forum again, welcoming Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick to lead a discussion regarding the Neches Regional Flood Plan Draft Public Meeting. On September 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., LU’s CICE room 113 will welcome guests to a meeting moderated by Branick and other members of the Neches Regional Flood Planning Group, as well as his technical consultants from Freese and Nichols.

The public is invited to attend the information meeting for feedback and comments on the draft Neches Regional Flood Plan. Additional information about the NRFPG is available at https://nechesfloodplanning.org/.

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