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This session will present the challenges and successes of developing a multi-campus hazard mitigation plan for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) system located across southern Mississippi. The MGCCC system has long been impacted by natural hazards such as hurricanes and tropical storms, severe thunderstorms, floods, and tornados. In 2010, MGCCC officials initiated development of a multi-campus hazard mitigation plan to include six different locations.

The steps undertaken in the planning process include:

  • Development of a Disaster Mitigation Planning Team
  • Conducting a risk assessment
  • Identifying plan goals and associated mitigation actions
  • Developing plan maintenance procedures

The planning initiative resulted in a comprehensive, multi-campus hazard mitigation plan for MGCCC that meets all State and Federal requirements. The plan was approved by FEMA in June 2012. Some of the challenges and successes encountered in the development of the plan will be presented.