Emergency Plans, Teams, Services

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

LBCC developed this Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan in an effort to prepare for the long-term effects resulting from natural hazards. It is impossible to predict exactly when hazards will occur or the extent to which they will affect the college. However, with careful planning and collaboration among college departments, faculty and staff, students, and public agencies, it is possible to create a resilient campus that will benefit from long-term recovery planning efforts.

[44 CFR 201.6 – The local mitigation plan is the representation of the jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards. . . .]

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines mitigation as “. . . the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters . . . through risk analysis, which results in information that provides a foundation for mitigation activities that reduce risk.” Said another way, natural hazard mitigation is a method of permanently reducing or alleviating the losses of life, property, and injuries resulting from natural hazards through long and short-term strategies. Example strategies include policy changes, such as updated administrative rules; projects, such as seismic retrofits to critical facilities; and education and outreach to targeted audiences, such students or faculty. Natural hazard mitigation is the responsibility of the “Whole Community” - individuals, private businesses and industries, state and local governments, and the federal government.



Why Develop this Mitigation Plan

In addition to establishing a comprehensive campus-level mitigation strategy, the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) and the regulations contained in 44 CFR 201 require that jurisdictions maintain an approved NHMP in order to receive federal funds for mitigation projects. With campus and federal approval of this plan, LBCC has gained eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation project grants.

[44 CFR 201.6(a)(1) – A local government must have a mitigation plan approved pursuant to this section in order to receive HMGP project grants . . . ]



How Does this Mitigation Plan Reduce Risk?

This natural hazard mitigation plan is intended to assist LBCC in reducing the risks from natural hazards by identifying mitigation resources,information, and strategies. It is also intended to guide and coordinate mitigation activities throughout the main campus and satellite locations. A risk assessment consists of three phases: hazard identification, vulnerability assessment, and risk analysis, as illustrated in the following graphic.

Understanding RiskBy identifying and understanding the relationship between natural hazards, vulnerable systems, and existing capacity, LBCC will be better equipped to identify and implement actions aimed at reducing the overall risk to natural hazards.

[See also, Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan supplemental information under the Safety Plans webpage.]