Coast Community College District

Coast Community College District to receive hazard mitigation grant for disaster planning

Earthquakes, floods, fires, Santa Ana winds, and potential dam failures in Orange County could all have a major impact on the Coast Community College District.

The Coast District’s current FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan is due for an update. To assist in that work, the District will receive a $125,000 Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant from federal disaster funds managed by the state. Emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation planning help to limit the impact of natural and man-made disasters on students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

“Fortunately large-scale disasters are relatively rare, but by nature they are also unpredictable with immediate and ongoing consequences when they strike,” said Mike Colver, director of campus public safety and emergency management at Coastline College, who took the lead—with District Office support—in developing and writing the proposal. “Identifying hazards to the District, developing mitigation measures, and planning response strategies prior to crises help avoid confusion during incidents and ultimately save lives.”

Planning is time intensive, beginning with an expert study of hazards using detailed scientific data and up-to-date data analysis. This first step will identify areas that need additional attention. Anticipated areas of focus for hazard mitigation include new buildings and construction projects. A revised Coast District Hazard Mitigation Plan will provide the details needed for emergency preparedness in both new and existing facilities.

This article was released by Coast Community College District.