• Description of the Project

    The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) was awarded a Pre-disaster Mitigation Planning Grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant program provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribes, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. Funding of these hazard mitigation plans and projects reduces the overall risk to the populations and structures served, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. OSPI’s statewide process involves a high-level of interaction with multiple school districts and other education based stakeholders. The OSPI planning process will result in a hazard mitigation plan for K-12 school facilities in Washington State. The OSPI Plan will identify and describe risks from natural hazards that pose threats to school districts, as well as offer tools to school districts for developing local hazard mitigation plans and discuss Federal funding opportunities for addressing identified risks.

    Approximately twenty school districts across the state of Washington have come forward as planning partners to develop their own hazard mitigation plan. Our District will be one of OSPI’s planning partners. Through the planning process we will develop a local Hazard Mitigation Plan that includes Action Items and mitigation projects for school facilities within the Quillayute Valley School District. The specific mitigation projects identified by all the planning partners during the planning process will be prioritized. Ten of these projects will then be chosen to undergo benefit cost analyses, which are required for FEMA mitigation project grant applications.

    We are beginning the process of developing the Quillayute Valley School District’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. As we develop our natural Hazard Mitigation Plan the District will engage teachers, administrators, school district personnel, parents and other stakeholders through public meetings, a mitigation planning team, the District’s web site, a public survey, etc. at various stages in the planning process to receive input and solicit feedback.