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.
News and Announcements
Coastal areas across the country are highly vulnerable to natural disasters, which have become more frequent and severe. Through partnerships, communities can leverage new resources to help address their unique coastal hazard risks. This webinar, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, 1 – 2 p.m. ET, discusses how FEMA’s updated state and local mitigation planning policies support the need to plan for coastal hazards. It will show how efforts at both the state and local level are growing partnerships to drive coastal action.
The American Planning Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers invites you to register for the Planning Information Exchange webinar, “Cross-Agency Coordination for Effective Hazard Mitigation and Recovery”, scheduled for Dec. 15 at noon ET. The webinar focuses on how to coordinate hazard mitigation policies and practices across local agencies, with an emphasis on the interplay between emergency management officials and building and planning departments.
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.