By Julie Baxter, Region VIII, Risk Analysis Branch
FEMA has a new resource available for helping communities identify actions to improve their disaster resiliency. Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk from Natural Hazards presents ideas for how to mitigate the impacts of different natural hazards, from drought and sea level rise, to severe winter weather and wildfire. The document also includes ideas for actions that communities can take to reduce risk to multiple hazards, such as incorporating a hazard risk assessment into the local development review process.
Mitigation Ideas targets an audience with a wide range of expertise and capabilities. For each hazard, mitigation ideas are summarized into four types:
- Local Planning and Regulations
- Structure and Infrastructure Projects
- Natural Systems Protection
- Education and Awareness Programs
This resource also links mitigation actions to the specific FEMA publications that can help support their implementation, such as technical publications produced by the Building Science Branch.
FEMA’s Risk Analysis Division funded this project, which updates and enhances Mitigation Ideas: Possible Mitigation Measures by Hazards Type created by FEMA Region V in 2002. The following FEMA program areas contributed to this project: Hazard Mitigation Planning, Building Science, Environmental and Historic Preservation, Flood Mitigation and Insurance, and Hazard Mitigation Assistance.