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Mitigation Planning Training

The National Hazard Mitigation Planning Program, in partnership with the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), offers a suite of fundamental trainings designed to help state, local, tribal and territorial governments create effective hazard mitigation plans that meet FEMA’s requirements and reduce risk in their communities. As each of these audiences has different requirements, each training is specifically tailored to them.

Additionally, the program offers several advanced trainings and technical assistance related to pertinent areas in hazard mitigation planning. These range from webinar recordings to on-demand workshops.

The updated State Mitigation Planning Policy Guide (FP 302-094-2) and Local Mitigation Planning Policy Guide (FP-206-21-0002)went into effect for all plan approvals on April 19, 2023.  We are in the process of updating related courses as follows:

To learn more about the updates, visit the Policy Updates webpage

If you're interested in attending or hosting field offerings for these trainings, or have other technical assistance needs, please contact the appropriate FEMA regional office.

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AICP Credits

Courses are eligible for American Institute of Certified Planners Certificate Maintenance in addition to other webinar or in-person workshops. Find eligible options by using the “CM Search” section on APA and searching for "Federal Emergency Management Agency".

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Members of the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners can earn Certification Maintenance credits for many of FEMA’s mitigation planning trainings, including IS-350, L/K 318and IS and L-329. When credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information can be found at

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

Tools and Resources

  • HAZUS: A risk modeling system that estimates the physical, social, and economic impacts from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis.
  • National Risk Index: An online modeling application that visually depicts risk from 18 natural hazards in addition to socioeconomic and built environment factors. The Index calculates a baseline risk measurement for each United States county and U.S. Census tract to help communities better understand their natural hazard risk.
  • Community Engagement Prioritization Tool: The Community Engagement Prioritization Tool (CEP-Tool or CEPT) was designed to serve as a data-driven, decision-support tool for states and FEMA regions to prioritize engagements across three strategic attributes: Risk, Opportunity and Interest/Need. Its Version 2.0 is a massive upgrade from the Excel-based version released in 2019 and includes new features and upgrades.
  • A Guide to Supporting Engagement and Resiliency in Rural Communities discusses outreach and engagement activities, including mitigation planning, that address rural communities’ needs and considerations.
  • PrepTalks: Jan Peelen “Living with Water: How the Netherlands Prevents Flood Disasters" Symposium date: September 19, 2019. In his PrepTalk, Jan Peelen tells the story of the Netherland’s historic battle with flooding and shares how the Dutch are learning to live with water.
  • PrepTalks: Stuart Tom "Using Codes and Standards to Build Resilient Communities. Symposium date: April 23, 2019. In his PrepTalk, Stuart Tom explains the importance of building codes and well-constructed buildings, how codes and standards are developed, adopted and enforced by jurisdictions and how the community can be involved in the process.
  • PrepTalks: Dr. Philip Berke “Planning for Community Resilience. Symposium date: January 29, 2018. Dr. Philip Berke’s PrepTalk explains how effective land use planning can reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen community resilience.

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