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Developing a PSU Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

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The purpose of this project or series of projects is to develop a FEMA-approved Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) for PSU. Both the process to develop this plan and the final plan itself are critical aspects of PSU’s emergency management responsibilities and present an opportunity for PSU to approach this work with an equity lens. The final plan will serve as an addendum to the City of Portland’s NHMP. As described in this project profile, the work to develop an NHMP can be accomplished through incremental projects over time or be tackled as a whole (e.g. by a single course, capstone/thesis/workshop, or group of students. 

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. State and local governments (cities and counties) engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. PSU’s Emergency Management office works to prepare the PSU community, programs, and resources for a range of emergencies including natural PSU Living Lab Program: Project Profile Form Page | 2 hazards, human threats, and technological hazards. This work includes formalizing a number of plans and procedures, a process that requires PSU and community stakeholder involvement, as well as an assessment of PSU’s assets, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for improvement. 
CausesCommunity Conservation General Education Environment Environmental Education Placemaking Professional Development Research STEM Student Fieldwork Sustainability Water Conservation Workforce Development
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