Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard mitigation planning reduces loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of disasters. It begins with state, tribal and local governments identifying natural disaster risks and vulnerabilities that are common in their area. After identifying these risks, they develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from similar events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction.

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New American Planning Association (APA) Course: Planning, Mitigating, and Advocating for Community Resilience

APA, in collaboration with FEMA, has developed a free two-part course that teaches planners how to facilitate a hazard mitigation planning process, how to collaborate with their colleagues, how to assess community-wide risk, and ultimately, how to advocate for a stronger and more resilient future.  

To register, click on the Course Registration below. Non-APA members need to create a free, nonmember account to enroll.

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Mitigation Planning YouTube Playlist

Find all of the Mitigation Planning webinars in one convenient playlist. The playlist includes six webinars, From Policy to Action: Planning for Equitable Mitigation, Where and How We Build: Using Land Use and Building Codes to Increase Resilience, Starting your Mitigation Story with Scoping your Mitigation Plan and Addressing Future Climate, Population, Land Use Changes Through Hazard Mitigation Planning, Introduction to Tribal Mitigation Planning, and From Policy to Action: Planning for Climate Resilient Communities.

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Access our handbooks and resources geared toward state, local and tribal governments.

Browse stories from across the country chronicling best practices in mitigation efforts and funding applications.

See when a plan is required for state, tribal, territorial and local officials applying to FEMA for assistance.

Resources to help implement, integrate and maintain hazard mitigation plans.

See quarterly metrics and interactive maps displaying the status of current mitigation plans in the United States

Learn about the laws regulating hazard mitigation plans and access policy and guidance documents.


Planners should contact the FEMA mitigation planner in their Region for assistance but may also contact:

For resources and information on how to integrate individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into hazard mitigation planning, contact FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination.

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