Hazard mitigation planning project to be discussed

If WSU wants to remain eligible for some federal homeland security funding, it must complete a hazard mitigation planning project. The project will begin March 27 with a request for information from each WSU operating location statewide. Extension Engaged will feature a broadcast discussion of the project before a live audience 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 17, in FSHN T-101; those attending should be seated by 9:50 a.m. and turn off cell phones.

Guests will include Chris Tapfer, emergency management coordinator for WSU’s Office of Business Affairs; Linda Fox, dean of WSU Extension; and Mike Gaffney and Nick Lovrich of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services. DGSS is part of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice Program devoted to providing applied research services to federal, state and local government agencies in the state.

The first focus of the hazard mitigation planning project will be to conduct a hazards inventory and vulnerability assessment. Draft mitigation plans will be developed, then feedback will be sought from business, local government and citizens.

The broadcast will be available via videostreaming from http://caheinfo.wsu.edu using RealPlayer or WindowMedia player. For questions, contact program host/producer Scott V. Fedale at fedale@wsu.edu or 335-2952.