How to Approach College and University Hazard Mitigation Planning

Natural hazards, from floods and severe storms to fires, earthquakes, and extreme temperatures, pose substantial risks for colleges and universities. Being prepared for hazards can minimize the disruption of campus life and avoid possibly catastrophic damage, injury, and worse. One of the best ways to prepare is to write and implement a thorough, thoughtful hazard mitigation plan.

Hazard mitigation plans identify cost effective mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate the risks to life and property from hazards. They can also allow campuses to be eligible to receive non-emergency disaster assistance, including state and federal funding for mitigation and recovery projects. This presentation offers an overview of the benefits, incentives, and process of writing and implementing a campus-specific hazard mitigation plan.

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