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

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 Releases Resource on Enhanced State Validations

FEMA has released the Enhanced State Validation Toolkit. This toolkit is meant to support enhanced states in their sustained commitment to hazard mitigation. It provides resources that FEMA and state mitigation planning partners can use to jointly develop performance measures and commitments for annual enhanced state validations.

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FEMA Releases Resource for States, DC, and Territories on Planning the Mitigation Program Consultation

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.

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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 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.

Last updated November 4, 2022