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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'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 has begun the process of updating the State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance.  More detail on the effort is available from an Informational Bulletin. Questions and comments may be submitted to


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: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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