Using HAZUS-MH for American Indian Reservation’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning
Since 2000, Indian tribes (along with State and local governments) have been writing pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) plans in order to achieve compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2000). A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved PDM plan makes a government entity eligible for FEMA non-emergency public assistance funding that can cover infrastructure improvements, including: roads and bridges; water-control facilities; buildings and equipment; utilities; and parks and recreation. Without an approved plan, FEMA will only fund emergency debris removal programs and emergency protective measures. HAZUS-MH was used to identify potential hazards, impact, and severity.