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Training Series

Hurricane Maria reminded the world of the fragility of Puerto Rico’s housing and the critical infrastructure that supports housing and residents. This training series is built upon The Keep Safe Guide to Building Resilience in Island Communities developed by Enterprise Community Partners in partnership with the Puerto Rico Builders Association and the University of Puerto Rico Architecture and Planning School and 125 experts across Puerto Rico and the United States.

Join a team of leaders from across Puerto Rico to introduce attendees to the sequence of steps necessary for resilient home design, construction and operation before during and after an extreme weather event. Available simultaneously in Spanish and English, the six-series training program will highlight best practices in the areas of: site fortification, building protection, passive habitability, water and energy management, community preparedness and more.

Site Fortification Strategies

Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

First in our 6-part Keep Safe training series, this webinar will introduce a variety strategies and step-by-step instructions that can help participants better prepare for and recover from climate events.

Join our team of experts to learn how to assess climate hazards, understand your vulnerability and see how site fortification and other mitigation strategies can help keep families, homes and communities safe.


  • Ada Monzon, EcoExploratorio
  • Maria Roldan, Harvard University
  • Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón
  • Laurie Schoeman

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Strategies to Reduce Building Vulnerability

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

This webinar, 2nd in our Keep Safe training series, focuses on building strategies that can reduce vulnerability to natural hazards. Participants will learn how to assess the priorities for their home, build a strong foundation, build stronger walls and roofs and protect building openings.  


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Water & Energy Management

Thursday, September 3, 2020 | 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Third in our Keep Safe training series, this webinar will cover water and energy. Participants will learn how to reduce water consumption, collect and use rainwater, improve their septic waste disposal system and prevent wastewater back-flow. Our team of experts will also share strategies on reducing energy usage, integrating solar electricity and thermal energy, and installing energy back up systems.


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Community Engagement: Preparing for Action

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

In this webinar, 4th in our Keep Safe training series, join our team of experts in discussing community engagement strategies and establishing an emergency protocol. Participants will learn how to develop a household and community plan, identify and prepare safe shelter and create resilient community centers that strengthen organizational capacity and promote year-round education.


  • Malu Blazquez, ReImagina
  • Karla Peña, Mercy Corps
  • Yanel De Angel, Perkins & Will/Resilient See
  • Cynthia Barton, formerly NYC Office of Emergency Management

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Passive Habitability

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

Fifth in our Keep Safe training series, this webinar will cover passive habitability, including ways to reduce heat gain, increase ventilation, control moisture and mold, benefit from natural light and manage pests. Participants will understand the critical actions that can increase resilience during building design, construction, operation, and maintenance.


  • Dr. Fernando Abruña

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Putting It All Together

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Building on previous sessions, this final webinar in our Keep Safe training series focuses on activating your plan. Participants will learn how to create an action plan, build their team, access financial & programming resources, build to code, obtain permits, work with local contractors and insure their property. In addition, we’ll discuss innovative housing ideas and how you can put them into practice.


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