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Protecting itself



If a hurricane or other natural disaster hits Miami, Florida International University aims to be able to withstand it. The school has become the first public university in Florida, and one of just 28 nationally, to meet federal disaster plan requirements and gain federal Disaster-Resistant University designation.

The program aims to protect the millions of dollars worth of computer systems - and the research data inside them - at the nation's universities.

"In the last 15 years since Hurricane Andrew, we have been at the forefront of developing disaster mitigation processes and technologies," FIU President Modesto A. Maidique said in a news release. "Now we are applying the fruits of our extensive research and our expertise to our own campuses."

University leaders now are looking into which projects need attention first to reduce the school's exposure to harm. The federal government has $100-million available to support such efforts. To learn more, click here for the university's press release.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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