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Hazard Mitigation Assistance Training

Trainings are available designed to help FEMA regional partners and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments create effective hazard mitigation plans that meet FEMA’s requirements and reduce risk in their communities. Training is specifically tailored to each audience.

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

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

To learn more about Hazard Mitigation Assistance, watch the Intro to HMA video on YouTube.


FEMA provides both classroom and online independent study courses for staff, as well as state, local, territorial, and tribal government employees to register for training through the Emergency Management Institute or through their State Mitigation Officer.

Emergency Management Institute

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government officials, volunteer organizations and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters.

Incident and Mitigation Readiness Division

IMRD is the central coordination body for FIMA post-disaster work. This body is charged with the management and oversight of the agency's third largest workforce, the Hazard Mitigation Cadre. It is mainly in charge of advancing the HMA Cadre Training curriculum.


Benefit-Cost Analysis

Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is a method that determines the future risk reduction benefits of a hazard mitigation project and compares those benefits to its costs. The result is a Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR). A project is considered cost-effective when the BCR is 1.0 or greater. Applicants and subapplicants must use FEMA-approved methodologies and tools—such as the BCA Toolkit—to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of their projects.

To see upcoming offerings and register for the classroom BCA course (E0276), visit the FEMA training website and search the course catalog for “Benefit-Cost Analysis.” You can also download the training materials used in the classroom course.

EMI Training Classes

Training classes through EMI offer self-paced courses, with a certificate of completion provided at the end.

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To register for classes, visit the EMI training catalog and search with the below course codes.

Developing Quality Application Elements 0212

Participants learn how to identify eligible mitigation projects and activities and develop quality mitigation planning and project grant application elements for HMA grant programs.

Application Review and Evaluation 0213

Participants learn how to effectively review and evaluate HMA subapplications. Content covers conducting a subapplication minimum eligibility and completeness review and a technical review, identifying the selection, notification, and appeals or reconsideration process for subapplications, and issuing a subaward package.

Project Implementation and Closeout 0214

Participants learn how  to effectively implement and closeout a HMA Grant project. Content covers how to apply regulatory requirements and best practices related to implementation phases and how to apply project management principles through the use of best practice, tools, and templates.

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Questions? Email the Hazard Mitigation Training team.