Crisis management webinar offered by OU

In response to the unprecedented downturn in oil prices and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on many industries, the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions at the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma will offer a complimentary crisis management webinar to the public.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 7, energy consultant Jorge Rodríguez Grau, Ph.D., will teach Crisis Management: How an ICS Emergency Response Structure Could Provide Operational Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The course is free, but registration is required to gain access to the meeting. Register at by Wednesday, May 6.

Rodríguez Grau will explain the Incident Command System model, which empowers users to strategically triage dynamic crises. By using the 2009 H1N1 pandemic as a case study, Rodríguez Grau will provide insight on the emergency management cycle that can be applied to those both in and out of the energy sector.

“Uncertainty can be paralyzing,” said David Ferris, executive director of the Irani Center for Energy Solutions. “However, despite the very real challenges of our current situation, the oil and natural gas industry has thrived during uncertainty. I am hopeful the framework presented in this webinar will equip participants with a tool to provide opportunity for many in our communities.”

Since 1999, the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy has offered professional development courses in the areas of petroleum and natural gas engineering, and earth sciences. Rodríguez Grau is among the course presenters. He is a consultant in the energy sector, and has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing integrated managements systems for health, safety and security.

Source: OU