RIDER Center helps with hurricane relief
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center, also known as RIDER, got its start just a few years ago and has already made tremendous strides for the community. This center started after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering noted the impact, but specifically communities recovering at a slower pace after the disaster. After receiving donations from both schools, the program was up and running in no time.
The RIDER Center then teamed up with community partners and is currently working on a project that helps communities after disasters.
Will Hill, Deputy Director of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering RIDER Center, says, “Right now, in real time, we are taking what was already there this idea of libraries serving as post-disaster resilience centers and formalizing it. To help libraries in a county develop a network, develop shared resources, develop formalized ways to improve their capacities. »
Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters feels disaster relief programs are an advantage because Florida is vulnerable to hurricanes.
Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters says, “We are subject to high winds from hurricanes, torrential rains that the tropical system could bring and could create flooding.
Even with its ambitious beginnings, the center still has many goals it would like to accomplish.
Hill says, “We want to start businesses. We want to work with industry partners. We want to find philanthropic opportunities where people can leverage their gift through us to benefit communities. »
The work does not stop there. The RIDER center also plans to tackle green infrastructure, decision support tools and technical support.