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VR Programs Being Developed to Teach People What To Do in Disasters

The Research Team is working alongside CERT, a Division of FEMA

VR Programs Being Developed to Teach People What To Do in Disasters

A team of doctoral candidates and a University of Houston professor are developing various augmented reality and virtual reality programs, which include programs designed to help people with Asperger’s identify emotions, teach people what to do in disasters.

The team is working alongside CERT, a division of FEMA that helps educate the public about disaster preparedness, Yun said.

“In a nutshell, what CERT does is teaching civilians how to do particular tasks to both save themselves and their family in times of emergency,” said Brian Holtkamp, a doctoral candidate working on a program to teach people how to properly use a fire extinguisher. “So hurricanes, tornadoes, those type of natural disasters or man-made disasters.”

The fire extinguisher program is in VR and will go into testing next month, he said.

“We put them into a house that has fire, and you have to go extinguish them or see if you can extinguish them,” Holtkamp said.

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