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, as well as state, tribal, and local officials.
Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide Now Effective
On December 5, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (Tribal Guide). This Guide, which went effective on December 5, 2018, is FEMA’s official policy on the natural hazard mitigation planning requirements for tribal hazard mitigation plans in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act and Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. Tribal governments engage in the mitigation planning process to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and establish a long-term strategy for protecting people and property in future hazard events. A FEMA-approved tribal mitigation plan is one of the conditions of eligibility for certain FEMA assistance, such as Public Assistance Categories C through G and Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants. The Tribal Guide is available in the FEMA library at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/18355.
Mitigation Planning and the Community Rating System (CRS) Key Topics Bulletin Released
FEMA Mitigation Planning and Floodplain Management recently partnered to publish the Mitigation Planning and the Community Rating System Key Topics Bulletin. This new publication helps match local mitigation plan requirements with the Community Rating System Program’s Activity 510: Floodplain Management Planning. The Bulletin assumes the perspective of the mitigation planner and identifies ways to make the two processes work together for a single, coordinated plan. It is intended for local governments to use to improve their local mitigation plans and leverage the insurance benefits of the CRS to advance mitigation outcomes. This one-plan approach can save time and add value for local communities.
Interactive Plan Status Map
The Hazard Mitigation Plan Status page now has a new link to an interactive, searchable map where users can zoom and look up communities on a daily-refreshed map. The static map on the Plan Status page still serves as the authoritative source for plan status information, but this interative map provides an additional source for more individualized information and risk communuication.
Planning-Related Activities Fact Sheet Now Available
The FEMA Mitigation Planning program in coordination with FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) announces the release of a new fact sheet, Planning-Related Activities Using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 7 Percent Funding (May 2018). The new fact sheet encourages the use of planning-related activities funding available from Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). It is intended for state, tribal, and/or local governments to use to improve mitigation plans and leverage related activities to advance mitigation efforts and outcomes.
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 international audience.
The Planning Information Exchange (PIE) focuses on multi-hazard mitigation planning, and it also emphasizes the connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM are co-conveners of all webinars and select topics and presenters. Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM.
The most recent PIE was held on October 9, 2018 at 1PM EST. This webinar, titled "Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience", convened national experts and thought leaders from the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center, the University of North Carolina's Coastal Resilience Center, and Texas A&M University to lay out the scope of current research into disasters, hazard mitigation and resilience, as well as discuss what the implications of that research mean for the future. To view recordings of previous webinars, visit the APA website.
Mitigation Planning Program Resource List
The Mitigation Planning Program Resource List is 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.