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Create a Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Our Mitigation Plan Review guides detail the process to complete an approved mitigation plan under applicable laws, such as the Stafford Act, as amended, and the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR Part 201).

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Training

If you're interested in attending or hosting field offerings for these trainings, please contact the appropriate FEMA regional office.

Courses are eligible for American Institute of Certified Planners Certificate Maintenance in addition to other webinar or in-person workshops. Find eligible options by using the “CM Search” section on APA and searching for “FEMA.”

G-318: Local Mitigation Planning Workshop: This in-person, two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of mitigation planning requirements for communities. This workshop describes the requirements for the planning process, stakeholder involvement, assessing risks and developing effective mitigation strategies. It also covers the basic elements of the plan review, approval, and update cycle.

Tribal Mitigation Planning Workshop: This in-person, two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of mitigation planning and implementation for tribal communities. Based in the Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook, the training covers the planning process, assessing risks and describing impacts, assessing capabilities and setting the mitigation strategy. The materials for this workshop are available online for anyone to review and use.

IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities: This independent study course is for staff responsible for developing, updating, or reviewing local and/or tribal mitigation plans. Students will learn about the mitigation planning process, including involving partners and the public, conducting a risk assessment, identifying and prioritizing mitigation actions, implementing the mitigation strategy and updating the plan.

Planning for Resilient Communities Training: This four-hour workshop provides an overview of the mitigation planning process and discusses the role of community planners in risk reduction. The course covers how planners and community officials can facilitate the planning process, assess existing and future vulnerabilities, assess community capabilities and identify potential solutions.

IS-328 Plan Review Training for Local Mitigation PlansFEMA offers an online course for state and FEMA staff who review local mitigation plans. This prepares reviewers for determining whether a plan meets federal mitigation planning requirements. 

IS-329 State Hazard Mitigation Planning: This course provides state officials an opportunity to understand the policies and procedures for updating State Hazard Mitigation Plans (as outlined in the 2015 State Plan Review Guide), and effectively use the planning process to advance mitigation. If you would like to find out more information about this independent study, please review the IS-329 factsheet.

L-329: State Mitigation Planning (2020): This course is designed for two-day classroom delivery. Partners interested in attending or having FEMA conduct a field delivery of L-329 or other training should review the L-329 factsheet and contact the appropriate FEMA regional office.

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Members of the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners can earn Certification Maintenance credits for many of FEMA’s mitigation planning trainings, including IS and L-318 and IS and L-329. When credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information can be found at planning.org/cm.

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The mitigation planning process is slightly different for each state and local, tribal and territorial government. Regardless of the plan type, there are four core steps in completing a hazard mitigation plan or plan update.

Other Related Trainings

IS-393.B: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation – This foundational independent study course provides an introduction for those who are new to emergency management and/or hazard mitigation.

IS-212.B: Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) – This course educates students about quality mitigation planning and project grant application elements for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

The following courses are available through the Emergency Management Institute. To find more information, visit their training catalog and search by the course number and/or name:

  • E0209: State Recovery Planning and Coordination – This in-person, four-day course provides participants with knowledge and skills that will support states in pre- and post-disaster recovery planning, management, and coordination.
  • E0210: Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role – This in-person, four-day course covers foundational concepts in disaster recovery and the latest guidance on recovery planning for local communities.
  • E0197: Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning – This in-person, two-day course provides emergency planners with the information necessary to utilize disability and access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Tools and Resources

  • HAZUS: A risk modeling system that estimates the physical, social, and economic impacts from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis.
  • National Risk Index: An online modeling application that visually depicts risk from 18 natural hazards in addition to socioeconomic and built environment factors. The Index calculates a baseline risk measurement for each United States county and U.S. Census tract to help communities better understand their natural hazard risk.
  • Community Engagement Prioritization Tool: The Community Engagement Prioritization Tool (CEP-Tool or CEPT) was designed to serve as a data-driven, decision-support tool for states and FEMA regions to prioritize engagements across three strategic attributes: Risk, Opportunity and Interest/Need. Its Version 2.0 is a massive upgrade from the Excel-based version released in 2019 and includes new features and upgrades.
  • A Guide to Supporting Engagement and Resiliency in Rural Communities discusses outreach and engagement activities, including mitigation planning, that address rural communities’ needs and considerations.

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Last updated April 16, 2021