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 about the changes and sign up for an informational webinar.

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News and Announcements

FEMA Releases New Guide to Expanding Mitigation for Coastal Communities

FEMA released a new Guide to Expanding Mitigation: 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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FEMA and AARP Release New Resources: Guide to Expanding Mitigation for Older Adults and Disaster Resilience Tool Kit

FEMA and AARP have partnered to release a new Guide to Expanding Mitigation: Making the Connection to Older Adults. This guide discusses how natural hazards affect older adults and gives tips to reduce that risk. Visit AARP.org to download or order the accompanying Disaster Resilience Tool Kit for local community leaders.

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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.

Contact

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 June 16, 2022