Students in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine recently spent a week learning outside the classroom, at Disaster City, a 52-acre mock community featuring full-scale, collapsible structures designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage.

Disaster CityCoordinated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), students learned how to respond to disaster situations by being pushed out of their “comfort zones,” with staged simulations in extremely tight, closed spaces, even in the dark of the night.

The scenarios created an atmosphere of teamwork; showing students the vital importance of working together toward a common goal.

The full story can be found on the TEEX website. To see additional photos, visit our Flickr account.

Story contributed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

— Holly Shive

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