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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 future events . Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

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Policy Updates

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, we gathered ideas from states, local governments, and the public. An analysis and summary of these listening sessions is available online . Sign up to receive mitigation planning updates or to receive additional notifications regarding the policy updates.

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High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program

The HHPD Grant Program provides technical, planning, design, and construction grants to non-Federal government organizations or nonprofits for rehabilitating high hazard potential dams. More information is in the FY2020 HHPD Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO).

Planning Information Exchange

The American Planning Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers invite you to the next quarterly Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar on October 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. CT. This month’s session will discuss Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction and feature speakers from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

PIE webinars focus on all-hazards planning, recovery, and preparedness. Visit the American Planning Association’s website for more information and to view recordings of past sessions.

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

See how a plan can help protect people and property, and when a plan is required for state, tribal, territorial and local officials applying for FEMA assistance.

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

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 U.S.


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 October 28, 2020