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Preparing for Natural Disasters

Hazard Mitigation Plan

In August, 2006, the University received a federal grant through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to develop a comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Plan for the University of Kentucky. This hazard mitigation planning document describes UK's approach to creating a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP), and the unique elements of creating a risk assessment and vulnerability analysis for the campus that mirrors similar efforts in state and local hazards planning. The project has been a collaborative effort on the part of the UK Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness, UK HMP Steering Committee (comprised of university stakeholders throughout the campus community), state and local agencies and the UofLCenter for Hazards Research and Policy Development, a highly active research unit performing theoretical and applied hazards research projects at the local, regional, and national level.

This plan is designed to provide a blueprint for hazard mitigation activities in the general sense of the program and is structured to serve as a basis for specific hazard mitigation efforts for any disaster. It is recognized, however, that updates may be required to address specific issues arising from a given disaster.

The plan identifies 13 natural hazards that could affect the university and cause physical and financial losses.

Dam Failure
Extreme Heat
Mine Subsidence
Severe Storm
Severe Winter Storm

The plan also identifies 35 mitigation strategies for which the university will qualify for federal project grant funding to complete. The FEMA Approved UK Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

After a Natural Disaster

If UK Property has been damaged as a result of a Federally Declared Natural Disaster, the University may be eligible for reimbursement of expenses related to disaster clean-up and repairs. Additionally, certain projects may be eligible for federal money to mitigate future disasters. If you are managing UK property following a natural disaster, please be sure to contact the Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness at CMP@uky.edu or 859-257-3815.

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