This page lists FEMA training courses available on hazard mitigation planning and related topics.
- IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities – This independent study course is for staff responsible for developing, updating, or reviewing local and/or Tribal mitigation plans. Students will learn about the mitigation planning process, including involving partners and the public, conducting a risk assessment, identifying and prioritizing mitigation actions, implementing the mitigation strategy, and updating the plan. Plan developers will learn about the mitigation planning regulations (44 CFR Part 201) and policies. Plan reviewers will learn to provide recommendations and guidance on a mitigation plan in accordance with FEMA’s requirements.
- G-318: Local Mitigation Planning Workshop – This in-person, 2-day workshop covers the fundamentals of mitigation planning requirements for communities. This workshop describes the requirements for the planning process, stakeholder involvement, assessing risks, and developing effective mitigation strategies. It also covers the basic elements of the plan review, approval, and update cycle are discussed. Planners interested in attending or hosting field offerings of G-318 or other training should contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.
- Tribal Mitigation Planning Training – The Tribal Hazard Mitigation Planning Training is a day-long workshop consisting of lecture and group exercises for Tribal government officials, planners, and other partners who are involved in the development of a Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the benefits of mitigation planning and the planning process for Tribal governments. Tribal partners interested in attending or hosting this course should contact their Regional Tribal Liaison.
- IS-329: State Hazard Mitigation Planning – This independent study course provides State officials an opportunity to understand the policies and procedures for updating State Hazard Mitigation Plans (as outlined in the 2015 State Plan Review Guide), and effectively use the planning process to advance mitigation.
- L-329: State Mitigation Planning Workshop - This course is designed for 2-day classroom delivery. The intent of the workshop is to bring State agencies, stakeholders, and other partners together to leverage their knowledge, buy-in and support for the State Hazard Mitigation Plan and the State’s overall mitigation program. Partners interested in attending or hosting field offerings of L-329 or other training should contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.
- Planning for Resilient Communities Training - This four-hour workshop provides an overview of the mitigation planning process and discusses the role of community planners in risk reduction. The course covers how planners and community officials can facilitate the planning process, assess existing and future vulnerabilities, assess community capabilities, and identify potential solutions. Participants will improve their skills in developing and implementing mitigation plans and identify key planning issues they may face during disaster recovery. Planners interested in attending or hosting the Planning for Resilient Communities should contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.
- IS-328 Plan Review Training for Local Mitigation Plans – FEMA offers an online course for State and FEMA staff who review local mitigation plans. This prepares reviewers for determining whether a plan meets Federal mitigation planning requirements. Participants will learn why FEMA reviews local mitigation plans, how to determine whether a local mitigation plan meets FEMA’s mitigation planning requirements, and how to use the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide to communicate the results of the review to a state or local community.
- Hazus – Hazus can be a very useful tool for assessing risk and describing impacts in a mitigation plan. There are a number of training courses available that cater to a wide range of skill levels. Trainings are available both in-person and virtually for planners, emergency managers, other partners, and consultants at no or minimal cost. Please visit the Hazus training page for more details.
Other Related Trainings
- IS-393.B: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation – This foundational independent study course provides an introduction for those who are new to emergency management and/or hazard mitigation.
- IS-212.B: Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) – The purpose of this course is to educate students in the process of developing quality mitigation planning and project grant application elements for the HMA grant programs.
- E0209: State Recovery Planning and Coordination – This in-person, four-day course provides participants with knowledge and skills that will support States in pre- and post-disaster recovery planning, management, and coordination.
E0210: Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role – This in-person, four-day course covers foundational concepts in disaster recovery and the latest guidance on recovery planning for local communities.
- E0197: Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning – This in-person, two-day course provides emergency planners with the information necessary to utilize disability and access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.