Natural hazards and vulnerabilities public forum notice

DANBURY, CONN. — In an effort to proactively identify natural hazards and vulnerabilities and the steps that can be taken to reduce these risks, Western Connecticut State University in conjunction with, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) recently began to develop a Multi-Campus Hazard Mitigation Plan. This comprehensive Plan will include ConnSCU’s four state Universities, 12 Community Colleges and Charter Oak State College. The purpose of this Hazard Mitigation Plan is to (1) assist the campuses in identifying and reducing risks from natural hazards; (2) identify actions that can be taken to prevent damage to property and loss of life, (3) and prioritize funding for mitigation efforts. The Hazard Mitigation Plan will describe each campus’ vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects that can be undertaken to reduce key risks. While natural disasters cannot be prevented from occurring, the continued implementation of mitigation strategies identified in the plan will make ConnSCU campuses more sustainable and disaster-resilient.

Western Connecticut State University is holding a public forum at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, to discuss the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan, describe the work completed to date, and highlight some of the hazards that could present the greatest risks to campus operations. As part of this meeting, which will take place in Room 122 of White Hall Room on the Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, a brief presentation will be given. Members of the planning committee will be available to answer questions and listen to community and stakeholder comments. This meeting is designed as an open house where students, faculty, staff and members of neighboring communities are invited to attend the forum to gather information and provide feedback. Per requirements set forth by FEMA, Western is required to invite planners, administrators, and/or emergency planners from all surrounding communities. Please take the time to share this with your senior staff members.

This project is being funded by a grant allocated by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

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