Region 3



Environmental Resources

Mitigation Planning

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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.

State Capability Assessment

This worksheet offers a framework for your state to assess its capabilities to mitigate hazards. This process is an opportunity to bring together diverse stakeholders and build partnerships. It is also a requirement for all state hazard mitigation plans.

State Hazard Mitigation Plan Engagement Strategy

Region 3 developed this worksheet to support effective and sustained engagement during state hazard mitigation plan updates. It walks through key factors to consider when creating an engagement strategy. A strong engagement strategy will involve a variety of agencies, organizations and sectors in the plan update process.

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

PHILADELPHIA – The annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place October 20, 2022 across the United States and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3 wants to encourage the Whole Community to participate and learn the simple, but critical, safety steps to preparing for and staying safe during an earthquake. The Great ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill worldwide and over 40 million people are already registered to practice their earthquake safety plans.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 19, 2022
When disasters happen, one of the first groups to jump into action are our partners with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (WV VOAD). Last month, WV VOAD held their annual conference in South Charleston with the theme “Partnering in Resiliency.”
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 13, 2022
Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 4, 2022
Residents of Laurel, Maryland now have lower flood insurance premiums because of the community’s initiatives to implement better floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS) program to recognize local efforts to reduce flood risk, and to reward communities, their residents, and businesses by saving them money on flood insurance premiums. The City of Laurel recently entered the program as a Class 7 participant.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 3, 2022
FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the City of Fairfax, Virginia. The community is invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period. 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 any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.
illustration of page of paper Press Release | Published: October 3, 2022
Last updated February 23, 2023