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

Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change

On Aug. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced $3.46 billion in mitigation funding for 59 major disaster declarations for COVID-19 global pandemic. 

With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will provide funding for states, territories and tribes to maximize their investment in mitigation measures that result in safer and more resilient communities.

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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Cost Share Information for Section 311 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022

This guidance is for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments regarding the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022, which includes a provision that increases the federal cost share for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to not less than 90% for all emergency or major disaster declarations occurring, or an incident period beginning, between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021. This guidance provides information on funding, application period extensions, FEMA/ State/Tribe/Territory Agreements and HMGP Administrative Plans and periods of performance.

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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 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 August 18, 2022