UMS to host public comment sessions on its FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan July 15

The University of Maine System will hold two virtual public comment sessions July 15 to gather feedback on its proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

The 45-minute public sessions are at noon and 4 p.m. on July 15, facilitated by Raegan LaRochelle of LaRochelle Consulting. Public feedback received will be documented and, if necessary, the plan will be updated prior to final submission to FEMA.

The link to use for either of the public sessions:

Passcode: 330876

Telephone:1.301.715.8592 or 1.312.626.6799

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 207.621.3098.

The plan is required under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides funding to develop hazard mitigation plans and rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities, according to the website.

Having a FEMA-approved plan demonstrates the commitment of UMS and its universities to risk mitigation which reduces our vulnerability to natural disasters and promotes a culture of safety.  It also affords the opportunity to apply for future hazard mitigation grants, such as grants for generators or flood-proofing, says Gretchen Catlin, UMS ​​director of risk management and real estate.