Tech Zone: Mitigating Disaster: An IMMERSED Experience
IMMERSED: A Virtual Reality (VR) Experience About Flood & Resilience guides users through a variety of flood environments in a community — from a private residence to a neighborhood crossroad, school, and emergency operations center. Participants become decision-makers tasked with assessing damages and enacting a flood mitigation plan to help minimize loss. The experience is intended to encourage users to consider the direct benefits of mitigation action taken to prevent catastrophic damage from flooding in at-risk areas.
FEMA is always interested in exploring new technologies that have the potential to positively impact and improve community resilience. Research is showing that VR can be a powerful tool for impacting people's perceptions and actions in the real world. As FEMA works with communities to help them become aware of their flood risks and to equip them with the skills and tools necessary to mitigate against them, VR tools like IMMERSED can help make that risk more real, and also lets users see first-hand the impact of taking mitigation actions.