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

Planning Information Exchange Webinar: New Research on State Resilience Planning Practices
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The American Planning Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers invites you to register for the Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar, “New Research on State Resilience Planning Practices” scheduled for May 26, noon – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Updated Guidance on Using Hazus for Mitigation Planning

The Hazus Program, in coordination with the National Mitigation Planning Program, has recently updated their guidance on Using Hazus for Mitigation Planning to reflect updates to the software, new resources, recent case studies, and mitigation best practices. 

Mitigation planners can use quantitative risk information from Hazus to evaluate mitigation actions, identify cost-effective projects, and communicate risk to community stakeholders. State, tribal, local and territorial governments are encouraged to use Hazus to complete the risk assessment component of their hazard mitigation planning.

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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 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