Across the United States, natural and human-caused disasters have led to increase levels of injuries, property damage, and interruption of University, business and government services. The time, money, and efforts to recover from these disasters exhaust resources, diverting attention from important University and public programs. With several statewide gubernatorial and Presidential disaster declarations in recent history, the University recognized the impact of disasters on their community and concluded that proactive efforts needed to be taken to reduce the impact of natural and human-caused hazards.
The University is currently developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan for the University. This project is being funded by a grant allocated by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
A copy of the draft plan that was submitted to FEMA for review and approval can be downloaded here: /emergency/sites/default/files/images/FINAL%20DRAFT%20UMass%20Amherst_Natural_Hazard_MitigationPlan.pdf