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.

Policy Updates

Updates to State and Local Mitigation Planning Policies Went into Effect April 19, 2023

FEMA’s updated State and Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guides (policies) went into effect on April 19, 2023. All state and local plans must meet the requirements of the updated policies. Visit the Policy Updates webpage to learn more.

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News and Announcements

Planning Information Exchange Webinar: The Only Constant is Change: Hazard Mitigation Updates

The American Planning Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers invites you to register for the Planning Information Exchange webinar, “The Only Constant is Change: Hazard Mitigation Updates”, scheduled for May 18, from 1 p.m. ET.

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Level Up Audio Project

FEMA Region 9 released Season 3 of the “Level Up Audio Project”. The audio series highlights individuals who are making hazard mitigation planning and action a priority in their work and communities. Each episode features short conversations with practitioners who share their stories, best practices and lessons learned in the Southwest, West Coast, and Pacific.

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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.

Last updated April 25, 2023