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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Mitigation Planning YouTube Playlist

Find all of the Mitigation Planning webinars in one convenient playlist. The playlist includes three webinars, Where and How We Build: Using Land Use and Building Codes to Increase Resilience, Starting your Mitigation Story with Scoping your Mitigation Plan and Addressing Future Climate, Population, and Land Use Changes Through Hazard Mitigation Planning.

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Level Up Audio Project

FEMA Region 9 produced the “Level Up Audio Project” audio series to highlight individuals who are making hazard mitigation planning and action a priority in their work and communities in the Southwest, West Coast, and Pacific. Each episode features short conversations with practitioners who share their stories, best practices and lessons learned in the Southwest, West Coast, and Pacific.

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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