DANBURY, Conn. -- In an effort to identify natural hazards and vulnerabilities and the steps that can be taken to reduce these risks, Danbury's Western Connecticut State University, in conjunction with the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, is developing a Multi-Campus Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Western will hold a public forum at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, 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 127 of White Hall Room on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St., a brief presentation will be given.
Members of the planning committee will be available to answer questions and listen to community and stakeholder comments. Students, faculty, staff and members of neighboring communities are invited to attend the forum to gather information and provide feedback.
The comprehensive plan will include ConnSCU’s four state universities, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College. The purpose of the plan is to assist the campuses in identifying and reducing risks from natural hazards, identify actions that can be taken to prevent damage to property and loss of life, and prioritize funding for mitigation efforts.
The plan will describe each campus’ vulnerability to various natural hazards 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.
The project is being funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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