ITTA BENA, MS – Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) will have a Public Hearing to give the MVSU community and citizens an opportunity to review and participate in the final phase of the university obtaining official designation as a Disaster Resistant University through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Monday, August 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the William Sutton Administration Building, Auditorium - Room 108
“I would like to thank the advisory committee for their leadership and guidance during this important process of developing a plan to keep students, employees and the community safe and prepared in the event of natural disasters. I am committed to making sure the University adheres to the adopted goals and objectives of the mitigation plan. Keeping our campus safe, sound and secure is a top priority,” said University president Donna H. Oliver.
The Disaster Resistance University Mitigation Plan was completed under the guidance of an Advisory Committee chaired by Dr. Catherine Singleton-Walker, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and MVSU and representatives from Mississippi Valley State University, the City of Itta Bena, the City of Greenwood, Leflore County, Greenwood Leflore Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management and the Institution of Higher Learning. Mississippi Valley State University is in the final phase of the process to obtain official designation as a Disaster Resistant University through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who has approved Mississippi Valley State University’s plan pending final public hearing and adoption of the plan by President Oliver.
After a series of meetings, thirteen goals and objectives were approved by the advisory committee which prioritized keeping the protection of MVSU population, property, and the services that will be impacted by hazardous incidents in mind. Some of the plan’s goals include: reducing/eliminating vulnerabilities to equipment investments, library archives, and administrative records due to natural hazards; providing innovative, community-specific and relevant services to promote and maintain the health, safety, and security of students, staff, faculty, visitors, and the entire MVSU community; placing secure solar lights throughout the campus to enhance the visibility of markers that will be crucial for speedy exits during disasters; and using the knowledge gained from Mississippi Valley State University Disaster Resistant Universities Project to reduce/eliminate vulnerabilities at other Mississippi Colleges and Universities.
Initially created by the state legislature in 1946 to train teachers for rural and elementary schools in the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi Valley State University is one of eight state supported institutions for higher education in the state of Mississippi’s consortium of Institutions for Higher Learning (IHL). It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools and serves nearly 3,000 students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees.