The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
IUP’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, officials from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and consultant Michael Baker International, began work to update the plan in January 2014. This work included evaluating risks, assessing capabilities, and developing a mitigation strategy.
IUP’s high-ranked hazard vulnerability issues are winter storms; floods, flash floods, and ice jams; transportation accidents; tornado or wind storms; and other environmental hazards.
The mitigation action plan includes working to mitigate potential floods with GIS data, construction planning, and drainage culvert maintenance; understanding vulnerability to severe winter storms and other storms; development of a university Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP); and development
of a universitywide evacuation plan and plans on how to establish cooling and heating centers across campus. The plan also calls for the university to work closely with Indiana Borough and Indiana County to prepare for emergency situations.
The updated plan is the blueprint for reducing or eliminating long-term property damage and saving lives from the effects of future natural and man-made disasters in the university community.
More information on the plan is available at