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UK Hazard Mitigation Plan available for public comment

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2023) — The University of Kentucky is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan which identifies natural and human-caused hazards that may impact people, buildings, infrastructure and research at the university. The mitigation plan identifies a set of actions that reduces the likelihood of hazards impacting communities associated with the university.  

In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our UK community, the steering committee is seeking your valuable input on long-term strategies and updates to the UK Hazard Mitigation Plan that will guide the university over the next five years. Involving the public in this process is crucial, as your perspectives and experiences contribute significantly to creating an effective and comprehensive mitigation plan. 

The 2023 University of Kentucky Hazard Mitigation Plan Update will be open for public comment from now through Friday, Dec. 1. Please submit your questions and comments here:

Presentations and materials from each of the four steering committee meetings, along with other important information can also be found on this website. The university’s mitigation strategy for making our campus a safer place when faced with natural hazards will be reviewed by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once approved, it will be adopted by the university. The 2023 UK Hazard Mitigation Plan will be reviewed and maintained by the UK Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee annually. 

You can access the plan here:

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