The University of New Mexico is in the process of developing a Natural Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. This is year two of a 36-month process aimed at raising awareness and reducing the loss of life and property from natural disasters on the main and branch campuses.

As an example, a wind claim that occurred at the indoor tennis complex caused a loss of approximately $90,000. The primary purpose of the planning effort is to identify potential risk areas, such as severe storm conditions, and develop plans to make our campus communities more resistant to damage from natural hazards.

Unlike emergency operations plans or disaster preparedness, this plan seeks to develop ways to lessen the impact of natural disasters on the university's resources through strategic, long range planning. The overall goal of UNM's Natural Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan is to save lives and reduce property damage.

Contact Joel Straquadine at 505-277-5488 or jstraqua@unm.edu