Implement, Integrate and Maintain Mitigation Planning Activities

Mitigation is most effective when it is part of other community planning processes, regulations, and policies. The publications below will help communities integrate principles of hazard mitigation with planning efforts.

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This fact sheet summarizes the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Hazard Mitigation Plan Alignment Guide. The Alignment Guide provides economic development and hazard mitigation practitioners with strategies to align EDA CEDS with FEMA-approved local mitigation plans. This will help create more resilient communities.

FEMA and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) have produced the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Hazard Mitigation Plan Alignment Guide. The Alignment Guide provides economic development and hazard mitigation practitioners with strategies to align EDA CEDS with FEMA-approved local mitigation plans. This will help create more resilient communities.

The Guides to Expanding Mitigation are designed to highlight the connection between mitigation and potential partners.

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Making the Connection to Transportation
This guide explores how community officials can work with the transportation sector to support hazard mitigation, including the planning process. This guide can help community officials initiate a conversation about mitigation investments to make transportation more resilient.

This policy aid provides important information on applying for funding for planning related and drought mitigation activities, including additional resources, such as links to partner websites.

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Hazard Mitigation Policy Aid: Drought Mitigation

Guidance on how to integrate risk reduction strategies into existing local plans, policies, codes, and programs for community development or redevelopment patterns.

The Building Science Branch offers guidance on how to create disaster-resilient communities. Their library of publications provides approaches and ideas for mitigation activities, from building codes to structural solutions.

The American Planning Association (APA) prepared the following report supported by contracts with FEMA. Hard copies may be ordered through the APA Planners Book Service online or by phone at (800) 634-7064 (costs may apply).

This report offers best practices to integrate hazard mitigation into local planning processes.

FEMA provides hazard mitigation funding for eligible mitigation measures to state, tribal and territorial applicants. These applicants then provide subgrants to local governments to assist in reducing overall risk to people and property.

The Guides to Expanding Mitigation are designed to highlight the connection between mitigation and potential partners.

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Making the Connection to the Whole Community
This guide provides recommendations for working across the Whole Community to support hazard mitigation, especially in planning and project development. It is designed to help community officials initiate conversations about mitigation investments that can engage communities in becoming more resilient.

The Guides to Expanding Mitigation are designed to highlight the connection between mitigation and potential partners.

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Making the Connection to the Coast

This guide explores issues and hazards that affect coastal communities. It also provides resources and best practices to reduce risk.

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