This page lists FEMA training courses available on hazard mitigation planning topics.
- IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities – This independent study course is intended for staff responsible for developing, updating, or reviewing local and/or tribal mitigation plans that meet the regulatory requirements found at 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. Students will learn about the mitigation planning process, including involving stakeholders 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) as well as FEMA’s Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide and Tribal Multi-hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance in order to develop a hazard mitigation plan. Plan reviewers will learn to provide recommendations and guidance to develop or update 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 the mitigation planning requirements for communities to develop new or updated local mitigation plans that address community priorities and meet the requirements established in 44 CFR Section 201.6. This workshop describes the requirements for the planning process, stakeholder involvement, assessing risks, and developing effective mitigation strategies. Finally, the basic elements of the plan review, approval, and update cycle are discussed, including tips for implementing and maintaining an approved plan, tracking performance, keeping stakeholders involved, and preventing plans from lapsing or expiring. Planners interested in attending or hosting field offerings of G-318 or other training should contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.
A version of the G-318 training specific to tribal planning is available upon request from 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, including 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 new or experienced state and FEMA staff who review local mitigation plans. This course provides the information and training they need to determine 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 official 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.