POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 4:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 5:21pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Baton Rouge Community College will now be ready for anything. They are now the first community college in the state to receive a huge grant from FEMA to develop a pre-disaster mitigation plan.
"I'm excited for the project and I am looking forward to it."
Jimmy Douglas is thrilled that Baton Rouge Community College has been given this huge opportunity, for both the school and the students.
“Certain students in different majors will get involved, such as construction management and those involved with student leadership positions such as the construction management club,” said Student Body President, Jimmy Douglas. “They will have the opportunity to work with these individuals who are kind of spearheading the project."
The $93,000 grant will help improve the schools mitigation plan and also identify problem areas with the help of BRCC students directly.
"The students will receive a stipend for the data they collect based upon the pan and it will help measure what were looking fro help measure the buildings," said BRCC Chief of Police, Genoria Tilley.
Along with their help, the funds will go toward a consultant to write up the plan for the school in turn, it will be sent to FEMA for approval.
Students like Douglas say it's giving opportunities to his classmates but most importantly, keeping everyone safe.
“So anything we can do to get a heads up on a potential problem is great, so it will be beneficial in that way,” noted Douglas.
BRCC will use this grant to educate, protect and keep students safe, if a natural disaster were to strike.
“The pre-disaster event we have that will shut the campus down, the grant will be able to get us back up and running in an efficient amount of time,” noted Tilley.
This plan will include provisions for all BRCC campuses, including Port Allen, Plaquemine, New Roads, and of course, Baton Rouge.