Experts have noted a great deal of variability among U.S.
higher education institutions’ planning and preparedness
for emergency situations. However, resources are available to
help campus leaders effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond
to, and recover from a multitude of disaster scenarios. One
way for emergency managers and campus leaders to engage
in a productive conversation about campus risk is to conduct
a hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA) using a hazard assessment
tool. This paper presents a discussion of the results of a
national survey regarding the frequency and use of HVA assessments
in higher education as well as a call to action for
institutions to develop more intentional and systematic relationships
at the state, regional, and national levels.