Now Playing Only in Select River Basins: Multi-Hazards Tournaments
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. About 40 people involved in water management, fish and game, agricultural extension, climate services and more came together on Sept. 17 in Floresville, Texas, to pioneer a multi-hazard tournament. The first of its kind, it was organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Institute for Water Resources, hosted by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), with additional organizational and technical support from the National Drought Mitigation Center and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Unlike a traditional tabletop exercise, which walks agency representatives through a disaster scenario, the multi-hazard tournament asked participants to step out of their real-life roles, and to collaborate in teams of 5-6 players, competing against other teams to find the best ways to reduce the effects of drought, flood and water-quality hazards. The idea is that tapping into players’ competitive energies will spur more creative, innovative solutions, or at least prod people out of their comfort zones and into a new understanding of challenges and constraints.