The UGA Pre-Diaster Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDM) is the product of a thorough planning process that relied on the skills and expertise of many campus departments as well as the Athens-Clarke County government.
In order to promote consistency of information between the Athens-Clarke County Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan and the University of Georgia Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan, most of the natural hazard vulnerability information was utilized from the Athens-Clarke County PDM Plan and remains virtually intact in the UGA PDM Plan. In fact, most natural disasters that impact Athens-Clarke County will likely impact the University of Georgia due to its location and size within the county. The UGA PDM Plan will vary in the approach to the Technological Hazards section of the plan as the campus is a research institution having over 1,400 research laboratories in close proximity to one another on the main campus which presents different and unique challenges. The plan was developed for the main campus located in Athens-Clarke County. In addition, the University of Georgia Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee decided to include all of the buildings in the inventory of assets, all of which are vulnerable to various hazards.