In 2016, the University applied for and received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop the University's first Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan identifies the natural-caused hazards facing the University, a risk assessment of the hazards, and specific projects to mitigate each hazard. Illinois State University is the first University in Illinois and one of the few in the nation to have such a plan. The final draft was completed in Spring 2018 and was submitted to the State of Illinois and FEMA for review. It was formally approved and adopted in April 2018.