This page outlines new guidance resources, news and events related to hazard mitigation planning. The intended audience for this page include hazard mitigation planners, emergency management professionals and community officials.
Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars
FEMA is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free, eight-part quarterly webinar series to share challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The purpose of the webinar series is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and the exchange of information among a national and even international audience.
The planning information exchange will focus on multi-hazard mitigation planning but also emphasize its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM will act as co-conveners of all webinars and will select topics and presenters.
The next webinar, Hazard Mitigation Implementation, will occur December 10, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET. Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM. For more information, to view past webinars, and to register for upcoming webinars, visit the American Planning Association website.
State Mitigation Plan Review Guide ("Guide")
FEMA announces the release of the new State Mitigation Plan Review Guide (“Guide”), available in the FEMA Library. The Guide is FEMA’s official policy and interpretation of requirements for state mitigation plans, inclusive of the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories, meet the requirements at Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201 Mitigation Planning. The Guide is intended for use to consistently evaluate and approve state mitigation plans and to assist in updating plans in compliance with the mitigation planning requirements. The Guide sets forth the standard operating procedures for the submission and review of both standard and enhanced state mitigation plans and introduces a mitigation program consultation to provide ongoing support for state mitigation activities and programs.
The Guide will be effective March 6, 2016 for all state mitigation plans submitted to FEMA for review and approval. The transitional period allows FEMA time to work with the states to support their familiarity and understanding of the updated Guide.
Mitigation Strategies for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines
FEMA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline Hazard Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA), announces the release of the new Hazard Mitigation Planning: Practices for Land Use Planning and Development near Pipelines. This new guidance document was prepared by the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA), and is sponsored by the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline Hazard Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) in coordination with FEMA’s Risk Analysis Division, as a primer for incorporating pipeline hazards into hazard mitigation plans. The goal is to provide emergency managers, planners and others involved with developing hazard mitigation plans with the knowledge and understanding of how pipelines operate, the common products that may be transported through transmission and distribution pipeline systems, the potential impacts (risks) of pipeline incidents, including those caused by natural hazards and mitigation strategies they can implement to reduce these risks.
FEMA’s Risk Analysis Division has been working with DOT and PIPA since 2012 to share program requirements, guidance and discuss opportunities for collaboration. PIPA contributors include state, federal and local government officials, as well as industry representatives. There are no new requirements set forth in the primer but it does provide suggestions for sector-specific considerations in mitigation plans.