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This page outlines new guidance resources, news, and events related to hazard mitigation planning. The intended audience for this page include hazard mitgation planners, emergency management professionals, and community officials.

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New! State Mitigation Planning Guidance Update

FEMA is in the process of updating the State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance, which is the official guidance to help officials ensure State Mitigation Plans meet the planning requirements in Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. As part of the update process, the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide – Highlights of Key Concepts document is available on the FEMA Library. The key concepts under consideration result from incorporating lessons learned from stakeholders involved in State Mitigation Planning as well as principles from relevant changes in federal policy changes. Written comments may be submitted electronically to FEMA by sending an e-mail to FEMA-Mitigation-Planning@fema.dhs.gov no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 17, 2014. FEMA intends to consider comments that are received by the deadline, as appropriate, and post the final approved policy to the FEMA Library, when available.

Local Mitigation Planning Handbook for Community Officials

The newly revised Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (FR302-094-1) is the official guide for local governments to develop, update and implement local mitigation plans.  While the requirements under §201.6 have not changed, the handbook provides guidance to local governments on developing or updating hazard mitigation plans to meet the requirements under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 44 – Emergency Management and Assistance §201.6, Local Mitigation Plans.   The completely revised the format and expanded guidance offers practical approaches, tools, worksheets and local mitigation planning examples for how communities can engage in effective planning to reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and disasters.  Among other benefits, completion of a local mitigation plan is a requirement for FEMA approval and eligibility for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

The handbook complements and liberally references the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide (October 1, 2011), which is the official guidance for federal and state officials responsible for reviewing local mitigation plans in a fair and consistent manner.   

Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning

FEMA has a new resource available for helping communities to integrate hazard mitigation into local planning and development processes.  Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning: Case Studies and Tools for Community Officials provides practical guidance on how to incorporate risk reduction strategies into existing local plans, policies, codes and programs that guide community development or redevelopment patterns. It includes recommended steps and tools to assist with local integration efforts, along with ideas for overcoming possible impediments and presents a series of case studies to demonstrate successful integration in practice. The document also includes several pull-out fact sheets to provide succinct guidance on specific integration topics.

This resource is intended for those who are engaged in any type of local planning but primarily community planners and emergency managers who are involved with hazard mitigation planning and implementation. FEMA’s Risk Analysis Division funded this project, which included extensive outreach to relevant subject matter experts and the involvement of stakeholder representatives from local communities, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, private sector companies and non-profit organizations.

Mitigation Ideas Resource

Looking for potential activities and projects that communities can evaluate for reducing risk to natural hazards and disasters?  Look no further.  Mitigation Ideas provides a comprehensive inventory of mitigation actions for communities to consider for the following natural hazards: Drought, Earthquake, Erosion, Extreme temperatures, Flood, Hail, Landslide, Lightning, Sea level rise, Severe wind, Severe winter weather, Storm surge, Subsidence, Tornado, Tsunami and Wildfire.

Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Improvement Process

In order to improve the existing process for mitigation plan reviews, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is undertaking the Mitigation Plan Review Process Improvement Project for Tribal Mitigation Plans. The products from this process will replace the current Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance (March 2010).

It is important to note that the federal regulation under Title 44 CFR Part 201 is not being changed and tribal governments must still prepare and submit a Tribal Mitigation Plan adhering to these requirements as a condition of receiving non-emergency Stafford Act Assistance and FEMA mitigation project grants.

Last Updated: 
10/21/2014 - 16:49
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