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Create a Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Our Mitigation Plan Review guides detail the process to complete an approved mitigation plan under applicable laws, such as the Stafford Act, as amended, and the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR Part 201).

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Training

If you're interested in attending or hosting field offerings for these trainings, please contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

G-318: Local Mitigation Planning Workshop: This in-person, 2-day workshop covers the fundamentals of mitigation planning requirements for communities. This workshop describes the requirements for the planning process, stakeholder involvement, assessing risks, and developing effective mitigation strategies. It also covers the basic elements of the plan review, approval, and update cycle are discussed. 

IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities: This independent study course is for staff responsible for developing, updating, or reviewing local and/or Tribal mitigation plans. Students will learn about the mitigation planning process, including involving partners and the public, conducting a risk assessment, identifying and prioritizing mitigation actions, implementing the mitigation strategy, and updating the plan.

Planning for Resilient Communities Training: This four-hour workshop provides an overview of the mitigation planning process and discusses the role of community planners in risk reduction. The course covers how planners and community officials can facilitate the planning process, assess existing and future vulnerabilities, assess community capabilities, and identify potential solutions.

IS-328 Plan Review Training for Local Mitigation Plans: FEMA offers an online course for state and FEMA staff who review local mitigation plans. This prepares reviewers for determining whether a plan meets federal mitigation planning requirements. 

L-329: State Mitigation Planning Workshop (2020): This course is designed for 2-day classroom delivery. Partners interested in attending or hosting field offerings of L-329 or other training should contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

Members of the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for many of FEMA’s mitigation planning trainings, including IS and L-318 and IS and L-329. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at planning.org/cm.

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The mitigation planning process is slightly different for each state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, but regardless of the plan type, there are four core steps in completing a hazard mitigation plan or plan update.

Other Related Trainings

IS-393.B: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation – This foundational independent study course provides an introduction for those who are new to emergency management and/or hazard mitigation.

IS-212.B: Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) – The purpose of this course is to educate students in the process of developing quality mitigation planning and project grant application elements for the HMA grant programs.

E0209: State Recovery Planning and Coordination – This in-person, four-day course provides participants with knowledge and skills that will support States in pre- and post-disaster recovery planning, management, and coordination.

E0210: Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role – This in-person, four-day course covers foundational concepts in disaster recovery and the latest guidance on recovery planning for local communities.

E0197: Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning – This in-person, two-day course provides emergency planners with the information necessary to utilize disability and access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

Technological Resources

HAZUS: A risk modeling system that estimates the physical, social, and economic impacts from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis.