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Provide input on natural hazards that affect UK community

Entrance of the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS). Photo by Daniel Wilson.
Entrance of the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS). Photo by Daniel Wilson.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2023) The University of Kentucky is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will identify and mitigate the risks of natural and human-caused hazards that may impact people, buildings, infrastructure and research at the university. Input from students, faculty and staff is important for plan development. There are two ways to participate and provide information:

  • Complete the survey.The university developed a survey for input from the community and the results will be included in the plan. The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 8, 2023.
  • Visit the website to learn about upcoming meeting dates and the project.

UK’s Hazard Mitigation Plan is a collaborative effort on the part of UK Police Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness, the UK Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee, state and local agencies, the UK community and UK stakeholders.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan will be developed through the completion of four planning phases:

  • planning process;
  • risk assessment;
  • mitigation strategy; and
  • plan maintenance.

UK's Hazard Mitigation Plan has kept the university in compliance with federal hazard mitigation planning standards resulting from the Regulations and Guidance | FEMA.gov as contained in 44 CFR 201.6.

As a result, the university is an eligible applicant for state and federal funds for mitigation and disaster assistance grant programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These grants support the university in implementing projects that reduce risks, such as structural projects like the stormwater project on Alumni Drive and nonstructural projects, like university policies that protect lives and property.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.