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Assess Climate Impact on Campus

Christine McHugh, Esq., ARM
May 2024
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Include climate issues in your day-to-day and long-term campus risk management.

Climate issues are an important risk to include in your K-12 school, college, or university’s risk register. You must consider and plan for day-to-day climate concerns and more sporadic weather events. Carefully assess and prioritize your specific risks to choose the plans that best fit your institution.

Environmental Management of Campus Infrastructure

Campus buildings, facilities, and services also are subject to climate impacts. Consider severe weather events and long-term weather changes and evaluate:

Emergency Protocol

Every institution needs to establish an emergency management plan that includes climate-related issues. Some schools deal with seasonal extreme weather. Others encounter weather events occasionally — and unexpectedly. The frequency and intensity of impact can be unpredictable, so it’s critical to plan for multiple scenarios.

Take the following actions:

Personal Impact and Safety

Institutional preparedness includes helping community members prepare for climate events. Prioritize educating students and staff about how they can protect themselves.

Create resources, training sessions, or other educational opportunities covering:

  • Heat-related risks so that students, employees, supervisors, coaches, trainers, and other appropriate personnel understand the signs and treatment
  • Air-quality precautions, both inside and outside
  • Personal steps the campus community can take at home and within their families to prepare for risks such as flooding, wildfire, landslides, and tsunami
  • Workplace safety concerns and precautions, including during severe heat and cold

Consider an education campaign to help people prepare for emergencies, and consider highlighting common inquiries through FAQs.

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