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Integrating and Adapting Plans Throughout the Planning Cycle

Santa Rosa, California In 2017, Santa Rosa was ravaged by the Tubbs Fire, part of a series of fast-moving wildfires that spread across Northern California.

Integrating Plans to Advance Resilience

Nashua, New Hampshire The city of Nashua used the hazard mitigation planning process to launch a larger effort focused on long-term community resilience.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division Year in Review 2020

The annual Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division’s Year in Review provides an overview of HMA’s 2020 activities and accomplishments.

The Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA): Five Years of Advocacy

The Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA) reflects on its role within FEMA over the last five years.

Mile High Flood District’s Approach to Early Flood Threat Recognition and Warning

Challenge: Protecting lives and property by enabling timely, effective responses to flood threats.

Restoring Native Ecosystems to Build Resilience

Santa Clara Pueblo Learning Objective: Analyze how a tribe used creativity, perseverance, and a long-term mindset to manage and build resilience through a challenging wildfire and flood recovery.

A Tribe’s Journey to Prepare, Mitigate, and Recover

Santa Clara Pueblo Learning Objective: Examine how a tribal government with limited prior disaster management experience embraced a collaborative approach after a devastating fire and subsequent floods to successfully build ba

Portland Lowers Flood Risk and Insurance Rates

Portland, Oregon, residents now save 25% in flood insurance premiums — an average $365 per policy in the Special Flood Hazard Area — as a result of Portland’s continued focus on floodplain management and flood risk reduction.

Using the Hazard Mitigation Planning Process for Hazard-Specific Action

Multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation planning can be an effective process to build partnerships between communities that face common hazard risks, leading to shared solutions. It can also help build a foundation to shift priorities as risks and vulnerabilities change.

Effective Public Outreach and Engagement

A good hazard mitigation plan assesses a community's risk and prioritizes solutions to address that risk. It is created by community experts with input from various stakeholders including the public-those who live and work in the community.