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 which is administered under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The enabling legislation for the Grant is 44 CFR Part 201, and additional information on the background of the grant funding can be found at Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The University of Michigan Flint has made significant progress and accomplished enhanced hazard mitigation across several facets of the risks facing the University because of the efforts of the All Hazards committee. 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 at reducing risks across the campus.
The Michigan State Police-Emergency Management Division (MSP-EMD) acts as FEMAs representative at the state level for the Pre Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant program.
The 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 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 as well as identify the shared priorities for mitigation, and where mitigation funding isn't available to the University it may be available to other public agencies that have a stake in our on going efforts to maximize student safety, and ensure continuing operations.
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 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.