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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.

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Policy Updates

The Mitigation Planning Program is updating the state and local mitigation planning policies, also known as the Plan Review Guides, to reflect recent legislative changes and policy updates. Throughout July 2020, FEMA gathered ideas from states, local governments, and the public. An analysis and summary of these listening sessions is available online.

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News and Events

The “Level Up Audio Project” is an audio series produced by FEMA Region 9, which highlights individuals who are making hazard mitigation planning and action a priority in their work and communities. Each episode features short conversations with practitioners who share their stories, best practices, and lessons learned in the Southwest, West Coast, and Pacific. The series aims to inspire mitigation action and strengthen the community of hazard mitigation and climate adaptation professionals working at the local level. There are two seasons of the “Level Up Audio Project” available on the Georgetown Climate Center webpage.

Planning Information Exchange

The American Planning Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers conducted a Planning Information Exchange  (PIE) webinar, “Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood”on April 15, 2021. Attendees learned about ongoing projects that connect flood insurance rates, community resilience, and conservation as well as tools to identify and select nature-based projects to protect habitats and improve community resilience.

To view this  webinar recording and others from the series, visit the American Planning Association’s website

Get Started

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.