Across the United States, natural and human-caused disasters have led to increase levels of injuries, property damage, and interruption of University, business and government services. The time, money, and efforts to recover from these disasters exhaust resources, diverting attention from important University and public programs. With serveral statewide gubernatorial and Presidential disaster declarations in recent history, the University recognized the impact of disasters on their community and concluded that proactive efforts needed to be taken to reduce the impact of natural and human-caused hazards.
The University is currently developing an All-Hazards Mitigation Plan for the University. This project is being funded by a grant allocated by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The purpose of this All-Hazard Mitigation Plan is to assist the University of Massachusetts in reducing its risk from natural and human-caused hazards. This will be done through identifying resources, information, and strategies for risk reduction at its campuses and other key facilities, statewide. The plan will also help guide and coordinate mitigation activities for the University System.
Although it is impossible to predict exactly when disasters might occur, or to the extent they might affect the UMass campuses, the University can minimize losses from hazards. This can be done through deliberate planning and collaboration within the University community, in cooperation with local governments where each of the UMass campuses are located, as well as with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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