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Region 3 Hazard Mitigation Planning

Mitigation is taking steps to protect what you value— people, your home, your belongings— from risk. Mitigation is most effective when it is based on a comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs. The hazard mitigation planning process allows community partners to assess risks and capabilities and to identify local policies and actions that can reduce risk.

The four core steps to developing a plan are:

  1. Organize the planning process and resources.
  2. Assess risks and capabilities.
  3. Develop a mitigation strategy.
  4. Adopt, maintain, and implement the plan.

FEMA Region 3 developed the following resources to help your community throughout each core step of hazard mitigation plan development. For national resources and information on hazard mitigation planning, please visit FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning website.

Below are the following four sections of documents included in this collection: 

Hazard Mitigation Plan Development

(Filter out documents by using the keyword: Hazard Mitigation) Once your community is ready to begin developing your Hazard Mitigation Plan, FEMA has resources to help with every step.

Flood Risk Product Recipe

(Filter out documents by using the keyword: Flood Risk Map) These Flood Risk Product Recipe Cards provide step-by-step instructions on how to use these products for different types of analyses. The recipe cards are designed for Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals.

Reducing Risk In The FloodPlain 

(Filter out documents by using the keyword: Floodplain Boundaries) When it comes to flood risk, bringing the Hazard Mitigation Plan to life requires coordination among diverse community partners. These include the hazard mitigation planning team, local floodplain administrators, local planners, and emergency managers, among many others. Region 3 has developed a series of resources to help better connect the ongoing efforts of these partners in your community.

Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities

(Filter out documents by using the keyword: Training) In addition to the resources provided above, FEMA Region 3 recognizes the importance of ongoing training and technical assistance. The following live training opportunities are designed to support community partners with each step of the hazard mitigation planning process. To request training or technical assistance for your community, please contact your state or FEMA Region 3  

 

Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Process

Understanding the mitigation planning process can help stakeholders remain engaged. This graphic provides an overview of the planning process, from forming the planning team to celebrating the adoption of the plan and bringing the plan to life.

Flood Risk Assessment Technical Assistance Worksheet

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in Region 3, destroying thousands of homes and costing billions of dollars each year. This worksheet will help you develop a detailed and actionable flood risk assessment for your community.
Tip: Speak with a FEMA Region 3 Planner to help you complete this worksheet!

Community Capability Assessment Worksheet

Evaluating your community’s regulatory, technical, and financial capabilities can help identify and implement effective mitigation actions. Use this worksheet to guide your planning team through a comprehensive capability assessment.

Checking in on the National Flood Insurance Program

Participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) unlocks valuable resources, including access to federal flood insurance, grants, and loans. As you develop your Hazard Mitigation Plan, this worksheet will help address plan requirements by finding opportunities to meet and exceed NFIP requirements.

Conducting Annual Hazard Mitigation Plan Reviews

Your Hazard Mitigation Plan is a living document. Conducting an annual review will help your community ensure that the plan remains up to date, while also providing an opportunity to evaluate progress. This resource highlights why these reviews are both essential and beneficial and includes examples of best practices taken from Region 3 communities.

High Hazard Potential Dams: State and Local Mitigation Planning Tips (State and Local Resource)

Addressing the probability of future hazard events is a requirement for state Hazard Mitigation Plans. This Region 3 tip sheet includes a definition of future conditions and ideas for addressing future risk landscapes throughout the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Addressing Future Conditions: FEMA Region 3 State and District Hazard Mitigation Plans (State Resource)

Addressing the probability of future hazard events is a requirement for state Hazard Mitigation Plans. This Region 3 tip sheet includes a definition of future conditions and ideas for addressing future risk landscapes throughout the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Defining Flooding Probability Risk for Structures

This analysis identifies the structures in your community with the highest chance of flooding over a 30-year time period. You can use this recipe card to develop effective outreach programs for residents living in high flood risk areas.

Informing Future Land Use and Planning

This analysis identifies open space parcels that are more likely to be developed and also have a high chance of severe flooding. You can use this recipe card to prioritize areas for conservation.

Identifying At-Risk Roadways and Evacuation Routes

This analysis identifies roadways and evacuation routes with the highest chance of severe flooding. You can use this recipe card to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects in your mitigation action plan.

Identifying Flood Risk “Hot Spots” for Mitigation Action

This analysis identifies areas where clusters of buildings are at the greatest risk of severe flood damage. You can use this recipe card to identify cost-effective infrastructure projects that are more likely to receive grant funding.

Prioritizing Mitigation Actions for Critical Facilities

This analysis identifies critical facilities (such as schools and fire stations) that have the highest chance of severe flooding. You can use this recipe card to identify cost-effective structure and infrastructure projects that are more likely to receive grant funding.

Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Guide

Keeping families, businesses, and neighborhoods safe requires active collaboration among many community programs, including hazard mitigation planning, floodplain management, land use planning, economic development, and emergency management. The Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Guide uses common scenarios encountered in our region to show how collaboration can help communities overcome different challenges. Communities can take immediate action by incorporating best practices in data, partnerships, and integration.

Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Training (Part 1)

This two-part training series takes a look at how to navigate and use the Reducing Risk the Floodplain Guide. The goal is to help communities leverage data and partnerships and promote integration.
Part 1: Overview
Part 1 is a one-hour overview of the guide highlighting challenges and best practices for reducing risk in the floodplain. The webinar presentation is available for download and a recording of the webinar is available by request.

Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Scenario Worksheets

This series of worksheets provides a framework for engaging stakeholders in collective problem-solving. You can work through the applicable scenarios with planning, floodplain management, and emergency management staff to identify best practices for your community.

Hazard Mitigation Training & Technical Assistance Modules

FEMA Region 3 has developed a series of two- to three-hour workshops for communities seeking to learn more about best practices when developing their Hazard Mitigation Plans. Adapted from FEMA’s “Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities” or G-318 training, the series consists of four modules, one for each core step of the planning process

Last updated June 15, 2021