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Developing Public Assistance Hazard Mitigation Proposals

Public Assistance hazard mitigation measures are identified by preparing a Hazard Mitigation Proposal.

This proposal is not a form, it is simply a written description and estimated cost of what it will take to repair the damaged facility and prevent or reduce damage from happening again.

The submitted proposal is tailored to the damaged facility and can range in size, scale, and cost depending on the type of damaged facility and the priorities of the applicant.

The Hazard Mitigation Proposal includes:

  • Information about the Public Assistance permanent work damage that will be  protected by the hazard mitigation measures.
  • The hazard mitigation Scope of Work.
  • The estimated costs and cost effectiveness of the hazard mitigation measures.
  • Compliances and assurances of the hazard mitigation measures.
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Hazard Mitigation Activities

FEMA recognizes that after a disaster, the best time to protect a facility from future damage is during the recovery period. Hazard mitigation activities that are done during disaster recovery reduce overall cost and construction efforts associated with retrofitting a repaired facility.

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Cost Effectiveness Requirement

Cost effectiveness is a requirement of any Public Assistance Hazard Mitigation Proposal. These hazard mitigation measures must meet one of the following cost-effective criteria:

  • Demonstrate that a mitigation project is cost-effective with FEMA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) toolkit.
  • The mitigation measure must specifically be listed in Appendix J: Cost-Effective Hazard Mitigation Measures and the cost of the mitigation measure does not exceed 100% of the damaged facility’s repair cost to which the mitigation measure applies.
  • The cost of the mitigation measure does not exceed 15% of the damaged facility’s repair cost to which mitigation measures apply.

Submit a Hazard Mitigation Proposal

The proposal is submitted with the Public Assistance repair project and describes in detail the additional work and cost associated with completing the mitigation measure(s). Public Assistance hazard mitigation measures can also be done on completed work, but not for any duplicative repairs.