UM-Flint FEMA Approved
Hazard Mitigation Plan
In July of 2010, the University of Michigan Flint was awarded a FEMA Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant through the State of Michigan. This grant is part of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program administered under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The Michigan State Police-Emergency Management Division (MSP-EMD) acts as FEMAs representative at the state level for evaluating and administering the Pre Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant program. Additional information on the background of the FEMA grant can be found at Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The specific hazard mitigation plan development process followed by the University is outlined in FEMA's publication and related documents Building a Disaster Resistant University. The University was assisted with the process by Green Oak Solutions, L.L.C. of Brighton, MI. During the plan development process the University reached out to internal and external stakeholders. Students, faculty, staff, administrators as well as local public agencies such as local Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, City of Flint Planning Departments, emergency management, and Development Authorities. This allowed the University to work with these groups to determine specific concerns and perspectives on priority hazards and vulnerabilities.
State and Federal Approval
The University completed and obtained State and Federal approval for the plan in 2012 . By gaining approval from Michigan EMD and FEMA for the UM Flint Hazard Mitigation Plan the University is now eligible for additional Hazard Mitigation Grant program funding under FEMAs PDM program. While one of the primary goal for the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify, prioritize and implement risk reduction measures to further create and sustain a Campus Culture of Preparedness, obtaining approval for our Hazard Mitigation Plan may prove to be a valuable strategic effort in support of the University's overall risk management and hazard mitigation funding programs.
The University of Michigan-Flint has made significant progress and accomplished enhanced hazard mitigation because of the commitment and efforts of the All Hazards Planning Team (AHPT) and ongoing support from campus leadership. The willingness of the faculty and staff on the committee to actively engage with the risk mitigation process has enhanced the effectiveness of the overall effort of continued risk identification and reduction across the campus. The UM Flint Hazard Mitigation Plan and the priority action items identified in the plan has served the AHPT as a map to assist in this ongoing process to Create a Campus Culture of Preparedness.