In the past decade, disasters have affected university andcollege campuses with increasing frequency, according to theFederal Emergency Management Agency. Nearly all instances havebrought monetary losses and disruptions of the institutions'teaching, research, and public service functions. To help avoidsuch losses and disruptions, FEMA last year awarded more than $3.2million in grants as part of its Disaster Resistant Universityprogram.

The program helps universities and colleges, through state andlocal governments, implement sustained pre-disaster natural hazardmitigation programs to reduce the overall risk to students,faculty, facilities, and research assets. The grants were awardedcompetitively to ensure that funds would benefit a representativerange of universities based on hazard type, as well as size,location, and academic community served. The grants were sharedamong 31 institutions of higher learning in 18 states.

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