University of South Carolina's Disaster Resistant University Plan
With a grant provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the University of South Carolina is developing a multi-campus hazard mitigation plan to cover the University's nine campuses. The plan, which will serve as an outline for helping make the University more resistant to disasters, will be completed in the next few months. It will impact the following locations in the USC System: Aiken, Baruch, Beaufort, Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, Union and the Upstate.
The purpose of the University of South Carolina DRU Plan is as follows:
Protect life and property by reducing the potential for future damages and economic losses;
Make the university a safer place to live, work, and learn;
Identify hazards for each of the USC campuses;
Identify critical facilities for each of the USC campuses;
Qualify for grant funding in pre-disaster and post-disaster environments;
Speed response, recovery, and redevelopment in disaster situations;
Demonstrate a commitment to hazard mitigation principals;
Increase awareness and education of hazard mitigation;
Comply with state and federal regulations for hazard mitigation plans.
The greatest focus of this plan will be comprehensive hazard identification and risk assessment for each campus in order to determine what hazards pose the greatest risk to each regional campus. From here, the planning team and campus representatives will work to identify the most critical buildings on each campus based on campus visits and a scoring sheet developed for this project. Buildings determined to be "critical" will be investigated in greater detail to identify relevant hazard mitigation projects. These mitigation projects will be identified in the Mitigation Strategy and Mitigation Action Plan Sections.
Public input on the plan is requested.
For additional information, please visit the links below. Any comments on the plan can be submitted to Michelle Parham.
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