BATON ROUGE (FOX44) – The second meeting of the LSU Hazard Mitigation Plan Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the LSU Public Safety Building, Emergency Operations Center Conference Room. Representatives from across the LSU System will take part either in person or via video conference. The meeting is open to the media.
The initial meeting of the LSU Hazard Mitigation Plan Advisory Committee was held last August. A total of 22 high-level administrators attended the initial meeting, including members from LSU Alexandria; LSU Eunice; LSU Shreveport; the Paul M. Hebert Law Center; LSU AgCenter; Pennington Biomedical Research Center; the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA; the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, or GOHSEP; and the Baton Rouge Parish Fire Department.
The June 1 meeting will include discussion on the current status of the hazard mitigation plan for LSU; the project timeline; milestones and goals; and roles and responsibilities. McNeese State University’s Toby Osburn will provide insight on their own hazard mitigation plan and the process they went through to create it. John Kiefer from the University of New Orleans will discuss the formation of a system-wide committee for future collaboration.
In 2009, FEMA and GOHSEP granted LSU a $680,000 award to develop a system-wide hazard mitigation plan. Hazard mitigation is defined as any action that assists in reducing the severity of a hazard.
The hazard mitigation plan grant awarded to LSU is part of FEMA’s Disaster Resistant University, or DRU, program, which assists universities and colleges, through state and local governments, in implementing a sustained program to reduce the risks associated with disasters.
Under the leadership of its Geography and Anthropology’s Disaster Science and Management Program, LSU is collaborating with Public Safety, Occupational and Environmental Safety, Civil and Environmental Engineering and others to develop the hazard mitigation plan in accordance with state and federal standards.
The hazard mitigation plan is a multi-hazard and multi-campus project. Partners include most of the LSU System campuses. UNO has already completed a hazard mitigation assessment, and the LSU health sciences centers and hospitals are being considered for another phase of the project. Both university and non-university stakeholders alike are involved in the planning process.
The LSU hazard mitigation plan partners maintain more than 2,500 acres and more than 800 facilities. The planning process considers potential natural hazards such as hurricanes, drought, extreme heat and tornadoes, as well as manmade hazards such as student violence and laboratory accidents, to realistically reflect the breadth of risk facing the LSU System campuses.
The plan establishes a baseline on hazards and lays the ground work for implementing hazard mitigation projects, including those that are eligible for federal funding. Each year, the federal government provides millions of homeland security grant dollars to eligible applicants. With an approved hazard mitigation plan, LSU becomes eligible for these competitive grant funds.
For more information on LSU’s DRU project and hazard mitigation plan, contact Liner at 225-578-6119 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://dsm.lsu.edu/pr_hazmit.htm. Follow the committee on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsumitigation.