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This presentation will provide suggestions for creating effective disaster resistant universities through community collaborations. Largely based on a study of Louisiana’s school systems’ crisis and emergency management plans conducted in 2007, many of the shortfalls identified in school system campus plans have special applicability to university campus planning. Topics will include, but not be limited to, the importance of Local Emergency Planning Committee participation for universities; the role of universities as community shelters during disasters; special needs planning; and the need to create a continuous process improvement paradigm. The presenter will emphasize the logic of creating the capacity for evaluation and improvement within the university setting, and suggest methods to ensure a speedy and effective recovery post-disaster. The presentation will actively seek audience interaction and participation.