Region 3



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FEMA's Region 3 office, located in Philadelphia, PA, partners with federal emergency management for seven Tribal Nations and the following states.


Visit the state/territory's page for localized content, such as disaster recovery centers, flood maps, fact sheets, jobs and other resources.


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Region 3 Administrator

Janice Barlow

Region 3 Deputy Administrator

Environmental & Historic Preservation Resources

FEMA funded projects must undergo Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) review to ensure we protect and preserve our natural and historic resources.

These tools help explain the federal environmental and historic resource laws and Executive Orders. They provide guidance specific to Region 3 states for the EHP compliance portion of the grant application process.

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EHP Checklist

Use the EHP Checklist to learn what's required to complete an EHP review, plus common reasons for additional requests for information.

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EHP Photo Guide

Learn how to take photos that help EHP understand your project and reduce additional requests for information.

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Video Tutorials

View these short, easy-to-understand 15-minute videos to learn the basics about the EHP review.

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Environmental Assessments

View Region 3 documents, including draft and final environmental assessments and public notices.

Have EHP Questions?

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Contact Federal, State & Tribal Governments

Find contact information for federal and state partners and tribal nations that work alongside Region 3 EHP as applicant liaisons and consulting agencies during environmental and historic preservation law reviews.

NOTE: This list was updated as of Dec. 2022 and should not be considered a complete list.

Contact EHP

Email Tessa Nolan, Regional Environmental Officer

Hazard Mitigation Resources

The resources below can help your state or community develop a hazard mitigation plan, request technical assistance, find flood information, and use mapping tools to reduce risk.

Visit the Region 3 Mitigation Mapping Portal for maps and data that support hazard mitigation.


Use the search filters below to find resources on:

  • State and local hazard mitigation planning
  • Planning for high hazard potential dams
  • GIS tools for reducing flood risk
  • Training and technical assistance opportunities

Request Training

Fill out this contact form to request training or technical assistance for your community.

High Hazard Potential Dams: Local and Tribal Mitigation Planning Tips

This Region 3 tip sheet outlines what your local or tribal plan must include to meet the HHPD planning requirements. It also lists what to include when preparing your plan’s Scope of Work. To access FEMA funding for dam rehabilitation, your hazard mitigation plan must address the risks posed by HHPDs.

High Hazard Potential Dams: State Mitigation Planning Tips

This Region 3 tip sheet walks through what your state’s plan must include to meet the HHPD planning requirements. It also lists what to include when preparing your plan’s Scope of Work. To access FEMA funding for dam rehabilitation, your state’s hazard mitigation plan must address the risks posed by HHPDs.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Engagement Strategy

Region 3 developed this worksheet to support sustained and effective engagement during local hazard mitigation plan updates. It gives tips on how to create an engagement strategy to guide participation . A strong engagement strategy involves local officials and other stakeholders throughout the planning process.

Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources Tool

This one-page, easy-to-share table summarizes key FEMA resources for hazard mitigation planning. Resources address each step of the planning process and include training opportunities, worksheets, checklists, and more.

Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Process

This overview graphic provides a visual summary of the mitigation planning process. It encompasses every step of the planning cycle, from forming the planning team to adopting the plan and bringing the plan to life. Understanding the mitigation planning process can help stakeholders stay engaged.

Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Guide

Region 3 developed this guide for floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, and others interested in reducing local flood risk. It focuses on how to enhance data-sharing, partnerships, and plan integration to keep families, businesses and neighborhoods safe. It also uses common scenarios in our region to show how different programs can work together to manage water resources in a way that advances multiple community goals. These programs include hazard mitigation planning, floodplain management, land use planning, economic development and emergency management.

Connect with Region 3

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Coffee Break Webinars

Attend a Region 3 “Coffee Breaks," a one-hour webinar showcasing mitigation best practices and highlighting the work to reduce risk across the region. Reserve a spot.

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Resilience Report Newsletter

Sign up to receive project highlights, best practices and upcoming events focused on mitigation, risk reduction, and increasing resilience.

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Regional Business Emergency Operations Center

Region 3's Business Emergency Operations Center helps connect FEMA and the private sector throughout pre-disaster preparedness, disaster response and post-disaster recovery. Learn more and join.

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Region 3 Case Studies

View case studies sharing successes and lessons learned from Region 3 states.

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Regional News and Information

Some 300 fire departments in five mid-Atlantic states have received more than $51 million in competitive grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) awards help fire departments protect their communities by funding replacements of aging equipment; vehicle purchases; personnel training; radios, protective gear, tools and life-saving equipment; and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fires and fire-related hazards.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 28, 2022
With obligations last week to two Charleston healthcare systems, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) financial assistance has reached $100 million for the State of West Virginia in its ongoing fight against COVID-19.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 28, 2022
FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the City of Falls Church, Virginia. The community is invited to participate in a second 90-day appeal and comment period starting on November 3, 2022. The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community members can identify corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 28, 2022
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Working with the right people is a key part of hazard mitigation planning. Colleges and universities have unique data. They can also research topics that are related to mitigation. These topics include changes in development; efforts in mitigation; and the impacts of natural hazards. This webinar will explore how jurisdictions can best work with institutions of higher education as they draft hazard mitigation plans.
illustration of a calendar FEMA Event | Published: October 28, 2022
The Field Leadership Directorate, within the Office of Response and Recovery at FEMA, is searching for experienced disaster management leaders for the launch of a new National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) focused on Homeland Security Incidents. This team will be tasked with responding to incidents that fall outside of the authorities of the Stafford Act but require a coordinated federal or DHS response.
illustration of page of paper Fact Sheets | Published: October 27, 2022
Last updated February 23, 2023