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.
Updates to State Mitigation Planning Policy
FEMA has released updated State and Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guides (policies), previously known as the “Plan Review Guides” in accordance with FEMA’s requirement that policies be reviewed and revised on a routine basis and reflect recent legislative changes and policy updates. Visit the Policy Updates webpage to learn more.
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News and Announcements
FEMA has released the mitigation program consultation toolkit. This document helps state, District of Columbia and territorial hazard mitigation planners work with FEMA to plan the annual mitigation program consultation. Its checklists can help identify agenda items and issues to discuss.
FEMA Celebrates the Importance of Planning
Every October, FEMA celebrates National Community Planning Month. Planning helps communities prepare for future hazard events to prevent disasters. It can identify long-term, equitable solutions that reduce risk from natural hazards.
- Read our FEMA.gov blog post on how equity, land use planning, and community capacity can create long-term, risk-informed mitigation plans that are the foundation for action.
- Join us for a Planning Information Exchange Webinar on Foresight and Scenario Planning for Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation, scheduled for October 31, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET. Learn how planning can build climate resilience in communities. Register here.
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.