Mitigation Planning Laws, Regulations & Guidance

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This page outlines laws, regulations and guidance for developing hazard mitigation plans and information on FEMA mitigation planning regulations. The intended audience for this page include hazard mitgation planners, emergency management professionals and community officials at the state, local and tribal levels as they develop mitigation plans and reduce risk in their communities.

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Laws

  • 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.

Regulations

Guidance

FEMA's Multi-Hazard 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.

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.  In September, FEMA released a draft of the key concepts under consideration and provided an opportunity for stakeholders to submit questions or comments through October 17, 2014. The comment period is now closed and FEMA is reviewing all comments received by the deadline. FEMA intends to post the final approved policy to the FEMA Library, when available.

Policies

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

Last Updated: 
10/22/2014 - 11:09
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