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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Managing Disaster Recovery Centers on Campus

The Experience of Southeastern Louisiana University
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From Volume 36 Number 1 | October–December 2007
By Heather Lawrence, Duane Shafer

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Southeastern Louisiana University was spared the brunt of the storm and was fortunate that most structures on campus remained intact. However, the storm still affected the campus for weeks. This article reflects on the experiences of university leaders and facility managers as they provided shelter to over 3,000 disaster relief workers and worked to reopen the university's doors to faculty, staff, and students and resume normal academic operations. Insight into the management of campus facilities located outside the core geographic area affected by a natural disaster will assist other campus leaders in their disaster planning efforts.

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