Ndsu’s Approach to Disaster Resistant Universities Kent Theurer


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NDSU’s Approach to Disaster Resistant Universities

  • Kent Theurer

  • Research Assistant




Goal

  • To create and upgrade infrastructure to ensure the disaster resistance, resilience and continued sustainable development of the university.



Organizing Resources

  • Tasks

    • Create planning team and advisory board
    • Develop methodology for data gathering
    • Study best practices currently utilized by peer institutions
    • Examine local mitigation plans


Hazard Risk Assessment

  • Tasks

    • Identify all potential hazards
    • Examine university disaster history (vulnerability)
      • Establish previous costs as a portion of cost/benefit analysis
    • Examine and establish risk assessment methodology
    • Conduct risk assessment for campus


Vulnerability & Risk Assessment

  • Evaluation of Buildings

    • Structural
    • Social
    • Security
    • Network-Cyber
    • Administrative


Developing the Plan

  • Tasks

    • Identify mitigation projects
      • Feasibility
      • Historical/Environmental impact
    • Rank mitigation projects based on risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis


Implementing the Plan

  • Tasks

    • Develop necessary support to adopt the plan
    • Implement the plan
    • University impact analysis of projects
    • Apply for PDM to advance mitigation strategy




University Information

  • Division One Reclassification

    • Academic
    • Athletic
  • Phoenix International Research Location

  • Manufacturing Plant for Alien Technologies



Major Disaster History

  • At Least 7 Major Fires Since 1909

  • An F5 Tornado in 1957

  • 3 Major Rain/Flood Events



Thanks for your kind attention

  • Contact info:

  • Arthur Oyola-Yemaiel, Ph.D. Kent Theurer

  • (701) 231-5847 (710) 231-5759

  • arthur.oyolayemaiel@ndsu.edu kent.theurer@ndsu.edu

  • Emergency Management Program

  • North Dakota State University

  • P.O. Box 5075

  • Fargo, ND 58105

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