Southern University will hold a public meeting Wednesday as part of the required updating of the university’s hazard mitigation plan.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the university’s School of Nursing, according to a Southern University news release.

The current mitigation plan expires on Aug. 29. A plan update is required to meet the requirements of the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and ensures the university’s eligibility for certain federal disaster assistance programs. The plan update is funded by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first meeting of the process for the 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update was held on Dec. 14. The primary goals of the meeting were to discuss the role of steering committee members, provide an overview of the planning process, discuss FEMA/GOHSEP program requirements, the role of various stake holders in the planning process, importance of public participation and provide an overview of the proposed program implementation.

The next step in the planning process is to hold the first public meeting. The goals of Wednesday’s meeting include: review and identification of hazards, review and identification of structures/critical facilities/vulnerable facilities/future facilities and function and profiling of various hazards.

Five public meetings will be held to solicit input from local residents, university staff, stakeholders, private industry, business leaders, parish elected officials, and elected officials from neighboring municipalities.