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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


Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Mitigation Planning Final Rule

On Sept. 10, 2021, FEMA published in the Federal Register the final rule that includes an update to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs and mitigation planning regulations to incorporate the requirements enacted by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) and reflect uniform administrative requirements.

The final rule will be effective on October 1, 2021. The updates replace outdated terms and definitions with similar terms and definitions that better align with Code of Federal Regulations Title 2 part 200: Uniform Administrative Guidance and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance. These revisions simplify terminology and improve consistency among FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs.

Updates to State and Local Mitigation Planning Policies

The Mitigation Planning Program is updating the state and local mitigation planning policies, also known as the Plan Review Guides, to reflect recent legislative changes and policy updates. Throughout July 2020, FEMA gathered ideas from states, local governments, and the public. An analysis and summary of these listening sessions is available online.

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News and Announcements

The American Planning Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers invites you to register for the Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar, “Addressing Urban Heat at Regional and Local Scales” scheduled for Oct. 15, 12 - 1 p.m. Eastern Time. More frequent and intense heat events present significant environmental, social, health, and economic impacts to communities around the country.  The webinar highlights opportunities for community engagement, partnerships, and equitable action to mitigate heat impacts.  

Eligible participants will receive 1 CM toward AICP and 1 CEC for CFM.

To register for this PIE webinar visit the registration page. View recordings of prior webinars here.

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Join the Resilient Nation Partnership Network, FEMA, NASA, and leaders across resilience, climate, and equity for the 6th Annual Forum on "Alliances for Climate Action." The four-week event throughout October, will host opportunities for partners to engage with industry peers and identify future collaborative opportunities to advance climate action within our work to create a more resilient nation.

Each week’s event has been registered with the American Planning Association for 1.75 certification maintenance credits. Visit the event page on APA’s website for more details and to add this event to your log.

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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 their state officials 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 November 1, 2021