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Hazard Mitigation Planning Laws, Regulations & Policies

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This page outlines laws, regulations, and policies that guide development of FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans by state, tribal, and local governments. The intended audiences for this page include mitigation planners, emergency management professionals, and other public officials working to develop mitigation plans and reduce risk in their communities.

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  • State, tribal and local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, provides the legal basis for state, local and tribal governments to undertake a risk-based approach to reducing risks from natural hazards through mitigation planning.



FEMA policies are external, authoritative statements that articulate FEMA's intent and direction to guide decision-making and achieve rational outcomes for agency activities.

FEMA's mitigation planning guidance is the official guidance for state, local and tribal governments to meet the requirements of the Mitigation Planning regulations under the Stafford Act and 44 CFR Part 201.

Additional mitigation planning policies:

Last Updated: 
10/15/2015 - 11:04