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Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources

This page provides resources for state, tribal, territorial and local officials and other parties engaged in developing and implementing hazard mitigation plans. For additional resources focused on the needs of tribal governments, visit the Tribal Mitigation Planning Resources page.

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 Program Resource List

The Mitigation Planning Program Resource List is a resource for state, tribal, territorial and local 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 (Bulletins) are a series of brief documents that provide examples of approaches and resources that state officials can use to update State Hazard Mitigation Plans. The Bulletins are aimed at informing state officials on how to meet the regulatory and policy requirements in the updated State Mitigation Plan Review Guide, which became effective on March 6, 2016.

The following bulletins can be found on the State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins page.

  • State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins: Mitigation Strategy

  • State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins: Mitigation Capabilities

  • State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins: Planning Process

  • State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins: Risk Assessment

Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (Handbook) is a tool for local governments to use in developing or updating local hazard mitigation plans. The Handbook offers practical approaches, tools, and examples of how communities can engage in effective planning to reduce long-term risk from natural hazards and disasters. The Handbook complements and references the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide (available in Spanish at Guía de Revisión del Plan Local de Mitigación), FEMA’s official policy on and interpretation of the local hazard mitigation planning requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR Part 201).

Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook

The Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook (Tribal Handbook) is a tool for Tribal governments to use as they develop and implement their hazard mitigation plans. The Handbook provides practical approaches, resources, worksheets, and advice for Tribal governments in the mitigation planning process. It is a companion to the Tribal Mitigation Review Guide (December 2018), which is FEMA’s official interpretation of the Tribal mitigation planning regulations at 44 CFR 201.7.

Mitigation Planning Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets summarize key aspects of FEMA’s hazard mitigation planning program for state, tribal, and local government officials and other interested stakeholders.

Mitigation Activities

Integrating Mitigation with Related Planning Objectives

Mitigation is especially powerful when it is coordinated with other community planning processes, regulations, and policies. The publications listed below help communities bring the principles of hazard mitigation into planning efforts.

The following reports were prepared by the American Planning Association (APA) and are supported through contracts with FEMA. Hard copies may be ordered through the APA Planners Book Service online or by phone at (312) 786-6344 (costs may apply).

  • Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning (PAS 560) (2010) seeks to close the gap that exists between hazard mitigation planning and other local planning and regulatory land-use processes.
  • Planning for Post-disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576) (2014) is designed to help communities improve their resiliency and provides how-to guidance for communities to start their mitigation planning and disaster-recovery planning processes. The report, which was completed by APA through a cooperating agreement with FEMA, provides valuable guidance to help communities strengthen their ability to prepare for and implement resilient disaster recovery. It is an update of the 2005 Report, Planning for Post-disaster Recovery and Reconstruction (FEMA 421, PAS 483/484).
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (PAS 584) was prepared by the American Planning Association in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), and it was supported through a cooperative agreement with FEMA. This report demonstrates the intersection of sustainability, resilience, and climate change in light of changing flood hazards and how these concepts play out in subdivision design.  The purpose of this report is to end the cycle of build-damage-rebuild, and provide communities with sound guidance to bring subdivision design into line with the best of floodplain planning. The report includes many best practices as well as six planning and design principles; standards for review, inspection, and maintenance; and nine recommendations to keep subdivisions safe from flooding.
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12/05/2019 - 10:31