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Hazard Mitigation Planning News & Events

This page outlines new guidance resources, news, and events related to hazard mitigation planning. The intended audiences for this page include hazard mitigation planners, emergency management professionals, and community officials.

Considerations for Local Mitigation Planning Grant Subapplicants Job Aid

The Considerations for Local Mitigation Planning Grant Subapplicants Job Aid is available to help subapplicants (local communities and tribes applying for assistance through the state) as they pursue planning grant funding through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs. Using a question-and-answer format, the Job Aid is intended to help subapplicants think through the tasks and costs with the goal of encouraging strong, comprehensive planning grant subapplications.

Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars

FEMA continues to partner with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to offer a free quarterly webinar series to share challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The purpose of the webinar series is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and the exchange of information among a national and even international audience.

The planning information exchange (PIE) focuses on multi-hazard mitigation planning, and it also emphasizes its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all webinars and will select topics and presenters. Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM.

The most recent PIE discussed Texas A&M University’s research on the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard, which spatially evaluates networks of plans to reduce hazard vulnerability. The webinar was be held on October 4, 2017. The webinar recording will be available in the coming weeks on the APA website. Other past webinars are also available at this link.

Mitigation Planning Program Resource List

A new Mitigation Planning Program Resource List is now available as a resource for State, local, and tribal governments that engage in mitigation planning to help identify risks associated with natural disasters and to develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. This list provides communities resources to help guide the development and implementation of their hazard mitigation plans. 

State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins

The State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins: Mitigation Strategy is now available in the FEMA library. The Mitigation Strategy Bulletin outlines a five-step process states can use to update their mitigation strategies. These steps include validating mitigation goals, evaluating and updating existing mitigation actions, identifying new mitigation actions, prioritizing mitigation actions, and identifying current and potential funding sources. The Bulletin also provides considerations for linking local and tribal mitigation strategies with the state mitigation strategy.

The Mitigation Strategy Bulletin completes a series of four brief documents aimed at providing states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. Territories with various approaches and resources meet the regulatory and policy requirements in the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide, which became effective on March 6, 2016.  The Guide presents FEMA’s official policy on and interpretation of the natural hazard mitigation planning requirements for states established in the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR Part 201). The other three Key Topics Bulletins cover the Risk Assessment, Planning Process, and Mitigation Capabilities.

For more information and updates on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Program, please visit

Last Updated: 
11/14/2017 - 09:36